Andersen Fairy Tales, Andersen-Hans Christian

The New Century’s Goddess

The New Century's GoddessThe New Century’s Goddess

The New Century’s Goddess would not be seen by many alive today. She would like poetry, but maybe not so much. She would be a little spoiled. She would see great advances. She would see familiar authors fall to the wayside. She would still read classical authors though. She would have a nursery. She would know of the New World. She would explore. She would not require that people read stuffy French novels. She would not break language into bits. She would see Asia open up to exploration and travel. She would be the goddess of poetry for the new century.

Observations

Since Hans lived in the 1800s, I am going to go ahead and assume that he was speaking of the 1900s. Hans didn’t go into crazy detail about any of this; it’s more like an ode to literature and the advancement thereof, especially poetry.

Themes

Something in this story caught my eye.

She will not shatter normal human speech to fragments, to be clinked together for an artificial music box with tones from troubadour tournaments.

I think Hans was wrong about this. The English language changed quite a bit in the 1900s and it was shattered from what it had been. “An artificial music box” sounds as if it could be a radio. Troubadours were singers, which meant Hans was essentially speaking about singers vying against each other. He is basically saying that the 1900s would not see a large variety of musicians/performers/singers/rappers/whatever vying against each other on the radio and altering language while they were at it. I don’t know about in Denmark, but Hans is dead wrong on this if we’re looking at the United States.

Hans essentially thought that the new century would be more enlightened and it was, in a lot of ways, but the 1900s also saw a lot of war and a lot of turmoil. Hans had good hopes, but we just really don’t know what will happen in the next hundred years. We can only make guesses.

Overall

The 1900s saw a lot of changes for women.

Weigh In

Do you think Hans would be pleased or horrified at the way the 1900s turned out?

Do you think we disappoint the generations past or no?

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