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In Hans Christian Anderson’s 1830s fairy tale Thumbelina, the narrator brings Thumbelina or Tiny for short, on a series of misfortunate events. An ugly toad stole Thumbelina and tried to marry her to her even more unsightly son. After she escaped the toad, a cockchafer forced her to be his date to a party, almost perished in the lonely winter months, and again is nearly forced to marry an unappealing mole. Although after a rainstorm of bad events, a rainbow appears. After Tiny’s tragic events, Tiny is finally wed to a handsome, fairy prince. Tiny’s character traits and build carried the story. Although a few characters drove the tale of Thumbelina by Hans Christian Anderson, Thumbelina’s small delicate stature influenced the story the most, because it led to the toad stealing her, almost marrying the mole, and marrying the fairy prince.
One of the events caused by Tiny’s small stature was the toad stealing her. After Thumbelina was “born” out of a flower, her mother made her a bed out of a walnut shell. One night a toad stole her. Tiny was brought to the toad’s marsh to marry her son, who was even less appealing. The son was also astonished by her beauty and wanted her as his wife. Worried Thumbelina might escape before the wedding the mother toad trapped her on a water lily. The mother toad said, “And then she might, run away for she is as light as swan’s down… place her on one of the water lily leaves out on the stream.” Thumbelina was small and delicate enough to be taken by the toad. If she were larger, the toad would not have been able to take her. She would have been too heavy. As a direct result of Tiny’s small stature, the toad stole her.
Another event caused by Tiny’s small stature was almost marrying the mole. Later o...

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...n married and not the king and Thumbelina. The story would have ended with the wedding of the mole and Tiny. Also if she were larger, the mole and the prince would not have found her attractive, because she would be a normal human being. Therefore as a result of Tiny’s size, she was able to escape the mole and marry the prince.
In conclusion, it can clearly been seen that in Hans Christian Anderson’s Thumbelina, Tiny’s delicate stature drove the plot line, because the toad stole her, she almost married the mole, and she married the fairy prince. With Tiny’s small stature, the toad was easily able to pick her up and take her away, and she could not regulate her temperature in the cold, so the mouse took her into her own home. Also she finally found love with the fairy prince, because they were both small. Thus, the entire story was mainly driven by how tiny Tiny was.

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