Into the Mind of Hans Christian Andersen

Into the Mind of Hans Christian Andersen
“Hans Christian Andersen was a product of two towns, two social environments, two worlds and two ages.” Said Johan de Mylius. Andersen was born on April 2, 1805 in Odense, Denmark. The only child to a poor shoe maker and a washerwoman, Andersen experienced the lower quality of life. As a young child he would roam the local town. He would often visit the home for the elderly in Odense where the old women would tell him aged stories and legends they were told when they were children themselves. These stories are believed to have attributed to his creative imagination and gift for writing children stories. In 1812 Hans’ father took him to the local theatre for the first time, and he was infatuated with the “hustle and bustle” of the theatre world. Since Andersen was so close to his father, when he died in 1816, abruptly, it crushed him. Later on, after Andersen’s mother remarried, he decided to leave his home and go travel with the theatre actors and actresses. He is taken in by the theatre manager who legally adopts him and sent him to a school for creative arts. It was here that he experienced loneliness and regret of leaving his mother which led to his first works, which was followed by some of the most famous children stories of all time. This was the start to a legacy that would never die out even to this day. Throughout Hans Christian Andersen’s life, he consistently wrote works that have continued to remain popular through time.
Andersen’s long career came to be while he was studying at a creative arts school the theatre manager sent him to in Slagelse. While at school Hans experienced severe depression and expressed this through his very first literary work ever, a poem called “The D...

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...dersen’s birthday, April 2, it is celebrated as the International Children’s Book Day. Also a 13million dollar theme park was built based on Andersen’s stories in Shanghai in 2006. All of these tributes to Andersen prove that throughout his life he consistently wrote works that have continued to remain popular through time.

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Andersen, H. C.. The story of my life. New York: Hurd and Houghton, 1871. Print.

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