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Sorry, folks. Since this is a collection of tales, not a book with a single plot, you don't get an overarching plot summary. But we will talk about some general plotlines that you'll observe across Andersen's stories. Just keep in mind that these stories vary in length and topic, so not all of the tales will follow one of these plotlines.
But enough ado about nothing. Here are a few basic plotlines Andersen seems to rely on:
"Life sucks and then you die," right? Yep, these plots are kinda morbid. But even though there's a lot of death in them, there's a lot of love, too. So Andersen's stories actually mirror real life pretty well, even if they're full of a bunch of talking animals, plants, and objects (anthropomorphism much?).