Analysis of the novella “Tristan” by Thomas Mann

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Tristan is a novella by Thomas Mann that is a highly ironic version of the traditional German myth, Tristan and Iseult, which has inspired countless different variations since the early twelfth century. The novella actually references one of these variations found in an opera by Richard Wagner. The novella juxtaposes the Wagner version’s heroic characters with flawed counterparts. It also delves heavily into the topic of psychology as most of the novella takes place in a sanatorium. Continue reading

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“Correspondences”, analysis of the poem by Charles Baudelair

The whole life of Charles Baudelaire consisted of continuous inconsistencies. His father was thirty-odd years older than his mother. Charles himself, who had been searching for and demanding love from the people around him all his life, could not give love even to his own mother. Subsequently, Baudelaire wrote: “As a child, I had two conflicting feelings in my heart: the horror of life and the delight of life.” This duality, obviously, became the hallmark of his poetry, filled with contrasts and oxymorons. Even the name of the collection, Flowers of Evil, which brought Bodler worldwide fame, is nothing but an oxymoron – a technique that combines incompatible concepts.

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“Hymn to Beauty”, analysis of the poem by Charles Baudelaire

The poem “Hymn to Beauty” by Charles Baudelaire is best known in the translation of Ellis (the pseudonym of Lev Kobylinsky, a symbolist poet of the early twentieth century). It is the analysis of this translation that will be carried out.

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“The Steadfast Tin Soldier”, analysis of the tale by Hans Christian Andersen

History of creation

The tale was first published in 1838 in the collection “Fairy Tales Told for Children” (first issue of the second volume). It marks an important milestone in the work of Andersen: for the first time when creating a literary fairy tale, he did not work with any particular folklore or literary source, completely relying on his own imagination and literary erudition.

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“The Nightingale”, analysis of the tale by Hans Christian Andersen

History of creation

The tale “The Nightingale” was written in 1843 and published in the collection ” New Fairy Tales”.

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“The Snow Queen”, analysis of the tale by Hans Christian Andersen

History of creation

The fairy tale “The Snow Queen” was written in 1844 and published in the collection “New Fairy Tales” (1845). The collection appeared very successfully on December 21, on the eve of Christmas.

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“The Snowman”, analysis of the tale by Hans Christian Andersen

History of creation

The tale was first published in 1861. Being at that time a recognized classic of the genre of author’s literary fairy tales, Andersen continued to amaze his readers with the simplicity and at the same time the unexpectedness of fairy-tale stories he had invented.

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“The Little Mermaid”, analysis of the tale by Hans Christian Andersen

History of creation

The fairy tale “The Little Mermaid” was written in 1837 and was included in the collection “Fairy Tales Told for Children”. This is one of Andersen’s most popular fairy tales, based on which many cartoons and films have been shot. The little mermaid statue has become a symbol of Copenhagen.

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“The Tinderbox”, analysis of the tale by Hans Christian Andersen

History of creation

The fairy tale “The Tinderbox” was written by thirty-year-old Andersen in 1835. It was included in the first collection of fairy tales, entitled “Fairy Tales Told for Children,” published in the same year. Most of the tales of this collection are based on folklore. Such is the fairy tale “The Tinderbox”.

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“Thumbelina”, analysis of the tale by Hans Christian Andersen

History of creation

The tale “Thumbelina” is one of Andersen’s most popular tales, published in 1853 in the book “Fairy Tales Told for Children”. Unlike many tales of the writer, this one is intended specifically for children, but this does not mean that there is no philosophical subtext in it.

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