Study Guide

Andersen's Fairy Tales Characters

By Andersen, Hans Christian

The Little Mermaid

Hope you weren't expecting Disney's spunky, self-possessed heroine, because that's sure not what...

Gerda, Kai, and the Snow Queen

Gerda is one sweet kid. She likes to sing psalms, and when Kai is pricked by the mirror shards,...

The Steadfast Tin Soldier

This little soldier isn't dealt a good hand in life. He's different from the other tin soldiers...

The Ugly Duckling

The ugly duckling gets a raw deal: he's actually a baby swan, but nobody knows that, so everyone...

Vain Little Girls

We have a feeling that Andersen woke up every morning, looked at his reflection in the mirror,...

Good Little Girls

Andersen loves little girl characters who are innocent, faithful, and good. Like, almost as much...

Earnest Boys

Andersen's stories are chock-full of boys who are honest and kind. The kinds of dudes you'd want...

Foolish Emperors

Apparently common sense is not a requirement to be a ruler in Andersen's tales. (Or in real life,...