Welcome back to Fairy Tale Fridays, a meme hosted by Tif of Tif Talks Books. This week, with winter - and plenty of snow - upon those in my region of the United States, we're looking at the story The Snow Man by Hans Christian Andersen.
This story is a little strange in that it doesn't have a clear cut theme or moral running through it. In the most basic sense, it is just a fanciful story about the goings-on of a snow man and the things he does, thinks, and says. The reader is told very little about the building and the genesis of the snowman's life. He simply appears fully anthropomorphic at the start of the tale with the line,
"It is so delightfully cold,” said the Snow Man, “that it makes my whole body crackle. This is just the kind of wind to blow life into one."This seems to set the icy creation up as the hero of the tale but he never quite becomes a protagonist to relate to, as he is more or less confused and bumbling, taking all his cues and information about the world around him from the other main character, the dog.
In fact, the dog goes so far as to explain to the snowman about the miraculous thing known as the stove. Peering through a window, the snowman catches sight of the stove and amusingly falls in love with the object. The reader knows that this romantic infatuation is doomed from the beginning but nevertheless the snowman peers longingly through the window throughout his brief life.
Or it could just be a fanciful little story based on the question of what would a snowman do and say and think, if in fact a snowman could do and say and think.
What are your thoughts on this wintery fairy tale? Feel free to comment here or join in with your own Fairy Tale Fridays post and link up over on Tif Talks Books!