Tran Lit 275 - Tran Lit 275 The Angel an angel and a dead child gathering flowers to carry to Heaven where one flower will sing when kissed by God

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Tran Lit 275 The Angel an angel and a dead child gathering flowers to carry to Heaven where one flower will sing when kissed by God. The tale was first published in 1843 and dedicated to Jenny Lind, a Swedish opera singer whom Andersen loved platonically. Plot summary: A child has died, and an angel is escorting him to Heaven. They wander over the earth for a while, visiting the child's favorite places. Along the way they gather flowers to transplant into the gardens of Heaven. The angel takes the child to a poverty-stricken area where a dead field lily lies in a trash heap. The angel salvages the flower explaining that it had cheered a crippled boy before he died. The angel then reveals he was the boy. Analysis: The Angel is said to exemplify Andersen's writing as belonging to the Romantic Period. It also displays his desire for an uncomplicated relationship with God, untouched by the "hellfire and damnation" strictures of Scandinavian Christianity. The tale had obsessed Andersen since his poem "The Dying Child", and may have been inspired by the death of the eldest daughter of Andersen's friend, Edvard Collins. The tale, like the poem, was widely popular and suited the sentimental taste of the times. A print made from an illustration of the tale by the German artist Kaulbach sold millions of copies. [ The Nightingale an emperor who prefers the tinkling of a music box to the song of a nightingale. The tale was first published in 1843 and is believed to have been inspired by the author's platonic relationship with opera singer and fellow Scandinavian, Jenny Lind. Plot Summary: The Emperor of China hears that one of the most beautiful things in his own land is the song of the nightingale. He sends his courtiers to take a nightingale from the nearby forest and present her as a guest at court. The bird can communicate with the humans and agrees to come, but when the Emperor is given a mechanical nightingale covered with jewels, he loses interest in the real bird, which flies back to its home. The mechanical bird breaks down. When the Emperor is taken deathly ill, he learns only the song of the real nightingale can restore him to health. The Chimney Sweep Plot summary: Two china figurines (a shepherdess and a chimney sweep) stand side-by-side on a table top. They are in love. Their romance is threatened, however, by the carved figure of a
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satyr on a nearby cabinet who wants the shepherdess for his wife. The satyr importunes a porcelain Chinaman on the table (who considers himself the shepherdess' grandfather) to give his consent to the marriage. When the Chinaman agrees to the union, the shepherdess and the chimney sweep flee, clambering down a table leg to the floor. They hide in a puppet theater, and, when they emerge, discover the Chinaman has fallen to the floor in attempting to pursue them. The lovers then climb with great difficulty through a stove pipe to the roof, sustained in their flight by a star shining high above them. When the shepherdess reaches the rooftop and gazes upon the world before her, she takes fright
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This note was uploaded on 05/05/2008 for the course TRAN LIT 275 taught by Professor Allen during the Spring '08 term at Wisconsin.

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Tran Lit 275 - Tran Lit 275 The Angel an angel and a dead child gathering flowers to carry to Heaven where one flower will sing when kissed by God

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