Two Nightingales: The deeper meaning of Hans Christian Andersen's stories

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Too often the fairy tales of the Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen is percieved as children entertainment only. But Andersen was building his stories on some deeper philosophical considerations. In the story of The Nightingale he compares the technology in the form of a mechanical nightingale with nature expressed by a real bird. His enthusiasme for the technological development in the mid 1800s was mixed with a deep concern for it impact on humans. This concern is still highly relevant.
Original languageEnglish
Issue number237
Pages (from-to)44-45
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • Technology, Fairy Tales, Philosophy

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