I can't make her stronger than she is! (based on H. K. Andersen's fairy tale “The Snow Queen”) - Andersen Hans Christian

Essays on literary works - 2023

I can't make her stronger than she is! (based on H. K. Andersen's fairy tale “The Snow Queen”)
Andersen Hans Christian

I was flattered that at the beginning of my life, in childhood, I happened upon the fairy tales of the wise, sweet fantasist - the storyteller Andersen. Because they taught me in our not very happy time to believe in good, in the victory of a good human heart over evil. Gentle Gerda, the heroine of his fairy tale "The Snow Queen", will forever remain the brightest, fairy-tale image for me.

In the middle of a cold white winter in a small Danish town in a small cozy house, a rose bush was covered with white delicate flowers. Because the kind hands of a person, the girl Gerda, touched him. She lived with her grandmother and brother Kai. And these roses would have bloomed, and the grandmother and grandchildren would have lived peacefully, if the rolling pin from the evil troll's mirror had not hit Kaeva in the eye, and the Snow Queen's kiss had not completely frozen his heart. And now the boy looked at the whole world with cold eyes: for him, snow patterns on the window are better than fresh flowers, and the queen's promise to give skates is more expensive than his grandmother and sister.

And what happened to little Gerda after Kai exchanged their cozy house for the ice palaces of the Snow Queen? What a long and difficult journey this little girl with "a sweet, friendly face, round and ruddy like a rose" set out to save him. Even a woman who knew how to cast spells could not stop her. The sorceress did everything to forget

Gerd Kay, but seeing the roses, the girl remembered her brother and ran away from the magical garden. Neither the good prince and princess, nor the wise raven with a crow can help her. "How tired her poor legs are! How cold and scary she was!" And here she also fell into the bandits. The cruel little robber was so moved by Gerda's kindness and power of love that she decided to help her. An old Lapland woman and a reindeer help her. And yet she had to overcome the main challenges herself. The poor girl was left alone in the freezing cold, and her face was painfully cut by cold snowflakes sent by the Snow Queen's army.

But she boldly went forward, all forward. And here he is, Kai! Cold, alien, hostile. And hot tears from tea and love melted Kai's cold heart. And it was wonderful! Because roses were blooming around them on the way home.

And I keep thinking why the little girl Gerda was stronger than all the sorceresses, and no trials broke her. And I realized that there are no forces greater than love, kindness, and great faith in one's dream.