Picture!!! “ Where parents do too much for their children, the children will not do much for themselves. ” Martin Andersen Nexø , Secondary Source!!!!!! Proper tenses?? In the History of Danish Dreams , Peter Høeg brilliantly incorporates the idea of fate and free will by analyzing the relationships between his parent and child protagonists. It becomes vividly clear – through the interactions between Thorvald and Anna, Amalie and Carsten, and Anna and Maria – that the children’s destinies are already being written out for them by their parents. The first relationship where this theme becomes evident is between Thorvald Bak – the newfound pastor of Lavnæs – and his daughter Anna. Høeg immediately introduces Anna as being the “new messiah” because of her extraordinary ability to split into two people. Thorvald and the townspeople first witness this phenomenon while at the shoemaker’s deathbed. Upon this incident, Anna is hoisted onto a “wagon and placed on an improvised throne” (pg. 76). Anna, unaware of her miracles and the expectations of
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