Essays on literary works - 2023
What is the beauty and strength of a small bird from the fairy tale of X. K. Andersen Nightingale
Andersen Hans Christian
There are many beautiful and outlandish things in the fairy tale "The Nightingale": a palace made of precious porcelain, wonderful flowers with silver bells, an artificial nightingale, showered with diamonds and rubies. But the best thing is the little bird that lives in the neighboring forest. “This is the best of everything,” overseas travelers said about the singing of the nightingale and considered the small gray bird to be the “main attraction” of the great state of the Chinese emperor. She was loved by all ordinary people, only the emperor could not truly appreciate the bird until he himself was convinced of the power of the art of nightingale singing.
When the emperor fell ill, a living nightingale flew to encourage and comfort him. With his singing, he drove away death itself, and tears appeared in the eyes of the emperor.
A live nightingale, of course, is not as beautiful in appearance as an artificial one. But his singing is beautiful, because it is sung by a living soul that knows how to be sad and rejoice, understand someone else's pain, yearn for freedom and will. She knows how to love selflessly: “I love you for your heart more than for your crown,” the nightingale says to the emperor. Flying away, he promises the emperor to visit him: “I will sing to you about the happy and the unfortunate, about good and evil that lurk around you ... my song will both delight you and make you think.”
That's how much a little gray bird with a wonderful voice and a lively soul can do!