Andersen was Danish, and boy was he proud of it! Every third story or so contains some reference to Denmark, the Danish language, the Danish landscape, or Danish historical figures. So if you're not up on your Danish history or culture, Andersen will totally do you a solid and help tell you, like… everything. The way that Andersen writes about Denmark has us convinced that it's a beautiful country, filled with remarkable inventors and artists as well as sturdy, faithful peasants. Could Andersen have been seeing his country through rose-colored lenses? It's certainly possible. We'll let you know what we think once we get back from our field trip to Denmark on Shmoop's private jet.
Denmark shouldn't be so overlooked in European History courses.
Andersen's portrait of Denmark in his tales is completely one-sided.