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The Lightness of the Sexual Being: A Short Reflection on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid”

School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, The University of Arkansas at Monticello, 562 University Drive, Monticello, AR 71656, USA
Societies 2018, 8(4), 116; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc8040116
Received: 28 September 2018 / Revised: 21 October 2018 / Accepted: 13 November 2018 / Published: 20 November 2018
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Abstract

Hans Christian Andersen’s tale, “The Little Mermaid,” has been adored by both children and parents for decades. The tale shows an astonishingly different quality to Andersen’s early genre of fairy tales, which allows the reader to sense his keenness on the meaning of human sexuality. The author used the short narrative form, becoming more conservative, cautious, and concise in his ideological compromise between religiosity and human nature. “The Little Mermaid” is a tale that draws the reader in about “universal preoccupations” of femininity, self-concept, and self-actualization. Andersen’s intentions and the authenticity of this tale should not be overlooked. View Full-Text
Keywords: Hans Christian Andersen; fairy tales; genre; human sexuality; The Little Mermaid Hans Christian Andersen; fairy tales; genre; human sexuality; The Little Mermaid
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