H.C Andersen Exam 1

H.C Andersen Exam 1 - Arenson 1 Through out Hans Christian...

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Arenson 1 Through out Hans Christian Andersen’s life he had a constant battle with the class he was born into, and technically belonged to, and with the upper, more elite, class referred to as the bourgeois society. Andersen knew that in order to become a successful and renown writer he would have to somehow emerge himself into that society. In many of Andersen’s writings he would allude to the bourgeois society with a cynical point of view. A few stories that he included the bourgeois society, and his beliefs about that society, are “ The Emperor’s New Clothes,” “Inchelina,” and “Children’s Prattle.” Every time Andersen referred to the bourgeoisie in his writings, he indicated some of his underlying feelings about the society, and how, exactly, he fit into it. Andersen stayed constant when he portrayed the upper class Copenhagen society in his writings. Very often, he delineated the bourgeois society as a simple-minded group of people, and depicted them as though they did not think for themselves, but did as though what they thought was to be the way to act or think. An example of this is seen in “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” This can be seen after the two men had come to town and the upper class was trying to see the fabric but nothing was there. “All the councilors, ministers, and men of great importance who had come with him stared and stared; but they saw no more than the emperor had seen, and they said the same thing that he had said, ‘It is lovely.’…” (Haugaard 79). This demonstrates that although these men were of the upper class, not one of them could speak up and say that they saw nothing. Instead, they acted as though they saw a beautiful piece of cloth for they didn’t want to be doubted. It portrays the upper class to not think for itself by showing that if the king says he sees the fabric, then they all say they see it. Andersen also portrays the bourgeoisie to be self-righteous, smug and condescending. For example, this can be seen in “Children’s Prattle” when the daughter of the Knight of the Royal Bedchamber was explaining the
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H.C Andersen Exam 1 - Arenson 1 Through out Hans Christian...

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