Andersen's What Father Does Is Always Right

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Andersen’s humorous tale of “What Father Does is Always Right” can be trace back to a Norwegian folktale call “Gudbrand On the Hillside”. In Andersen’s adaptation, the main theme is the same throughout the story with different components changing. The tales are told differently as Andersen’s tale are written orally and the Norwegian folktale written traditionally. There is also another variation of the story from different culture like the Japanese’s version call the “Straw Millionaire” which depicts a completely different theme, but also have the main components of the story which is trading but a different aspect to it. The main component of the story is trading. The idea is that even though Andersen made an adaptation of the story, he was able to concoct a story that follows his ideals and writing style. Andersen acknowledge in his version of the story that he has heard of the story when he was a child which indicates that it is not one of his original stories. He does also mention how time can improve the story such as this one to which he perfected. Originally, the farmer couple were not poor for they own their land, two cows, and had a hundred dollars in a chest. Compare to Andersen who made them poor with their only useful possession is a horse, made the story an impactful one towards the ending. Like most of Andersen’s…show more content…
Men are more prone to focus on male protagonist while women tend to focus equally on male and female protagonist. Since Andersen hears stories from his father, his father may play a key role in his view of women and men. The remark that Andersen left at the end could just be a sarcastic statement that have different interpretation due to his story having double articulation. None the less, it does show a different atmosphere about the
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