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The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid: Disney vs Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen: The Little Mermaid [click image to read the story]

Envious of the Prince's ability to have eternal life, the Little Mermaid wishes to become human just like him. However, everytime she takes a step it feels like swords are being jabbed into her legs showing the pain of envy.

The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen (Stratton)/The Little Mermaid

9 Ways The Original 'Little Mermaid' By Hans Christian Andersen Is Actually Seriously Disturbing

The Satin Surgeon, H.J. Ford

‘The Olive Fairy Book’ edited by Andrew Lang; with numerous illustrations by H. Published 1907 by Longmans, Green Co.

The Little Mermaid's real fate:  "...for every day on which we find a good child, who is the joy of his parents and deserves their love, our time of probation is shortened. The child does not know, when we fly through the room, that we smile with joy at his good conduct, for we can count one year less of our three hundred years. But when we see a naughty or a wicked child, we shed tears of sorrow, and for every tear a day is added to our time of trial...."  No prince, no happily ever after.

Illustration depicts the protagonist overcoming her internal conflict and being rewarded with her entrance into Heaven. By showing kindness and sparing the Prince's life she is able to gain eternal life.

Then she saw her sisters rising out of the flood.    Helen Stratton, from The fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, Philadelphia, circa 1899.

Then she saw her sisters rising out of the flood. Helen Stratton, from The fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, Philadelphia, circa 1899

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