The Little Match Girl By Hans Christian Andersen

907 Words Jan 25th, 2016 4 Pages
The Little Match Girl The Little Match Girl is a short story written by Hans Christian Andersen in 1846. Not to mention it is an unforgettable story. Although it has been awhile since I first read the story, it’s been something that has really stuck with me and really made me think of the way society was back then. The story is about a little girl who tries to sell matches on the side of the street to please her abusive father. The setting of this story is in the streets on a cold New Year’s Eve. Although the little girl did not sell any matches, she instead used them to keep warm. This story doesn’t end as happily as we’d like but has deep but hidden meanings.
This story occurred during midst of winter and the little girl did not have proper clothing to be outside which was obvious. The slippers she was wearing could have possibly been a ‘hand-me-down’ as they were too big. She lost one of slippers while walking and the other one “…a boy seized upon the other and ran away with it, saying that he could use it as a cradle when he had children of his own” (The Little Match Girl). She started lighting the matches in the corner that she stayed in just to keep warm. The little girl was in the corner shivering. As she was lighting matches, she was able to see the smell and seeing all the wonderful food that was being cooked in the homes around her, the warm stoves, and even a Christmas tree. She was afraid to go home as she had used all the matches she was supposed to sell. She…
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