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Andersen's Fairy Tales Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.
  1. Which of the tales deal most directly with questions of religious belief? What other themes do you see emerging in these tales?
  2. What's a common way for the tales to end?
  3. In your opinion, are the tales emotional? Do they make you feel lotsa things? Or are they overly sentimental to the point of being unrealistic?
  4. What are some patterns that emerge in the stories' settings?
  5. If you had to pick an Andersen tale that describes your life best, which would it be and why?
  6. Does death always mean an unhappy ending in Andersen's tales?
  7. Who are some of the most likeable characters in the tales? How about the easiest to hate?
  8. Do you notice any differences between how Andersen treats, or describes, his male and female characters? If so, what are they?
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