The Sorrows of Young Werewolf (eyeteeth) wrote,
The Sorrows of Young Werewolf

How many wonders can one cavern hold?

Apparently Hans was unlucky in love himself, over and over again, with men as well as women. Like the little mermaid, he had a habit of falling in love with unattainable people and making himself miserable over them. To one such unattainable man he wrote, "I languish for you as for a pretty Calabrian wench" and "My sentiments for you are those of a woman." Maybe that accounts for the unusual perception of "The Little Mermaid," in which love for an unattainable man leads the heroine to efface herself both physically and emotionally. From beginning to end, the story's emphasis is on pain and mutilation willingly, even smilingly, endured by women -- the royal mermaids attach oysters to their tails as a sign of rank, the little mermaid allows the witch to cut out her tongue, her new feet give her agonizing pain with each step, and finally her sisters cut off all their hair to sell to the sea witch in an attempt to save her. Pain is the lot of women and lovers, pain and silence endured with a smile. And what do you get for it? Bubkes. He's just not that into you.
Tags: hans christian andersen, love, stix
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