History Literature / TheUglyDuckling

20th Apr '17 1:22:20 PM CJCroen1393
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* AnAesop: Usually presumed to be about self-image or bullying or something.

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* AnAesop: Usually presumed to be about self-image or bullying or something. Another could be "beauty is in the eye of the beholder", which makes sense as cygnets are actually quite adorable...they just don't make very good ducklings.


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* NoAntagonist: Like quite a few of Andersen's works, there is no clear-cut "villain" in the story. Instead, the conflict comes from the duckling's struggle to be accepted.
5th Jan '17 5:06:17 PM CJCroen1393
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* AbusiveParents: The ducklings adoptive mother--she half-heartedly defends him from bullies at best, ignores him at worst and her last moment of screentime consists of the duckling overhearing her stating that she [[IHaveNoSon "wishes he was miles away"]].



* InterspeciesAdoption: He is adopted first as a duck before finding out that he's actually a swan.

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* InterspeciesAdoption: He is adopted first as a duck before finding out that he's actually a swan. Though it's implied that this wasn't intentional and that instead his egg just happened to find its way in a duck's nest.
* KarmaHoudini: Practically everyone who bullied or abused the duckling gets away with it in the end.
18th Sep '16 7:11:39 PM KingClark
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* InterspeciesAdoption: He is adopted first as a

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* InterspeciesAdoption: He is adopted first as aa duck before finding out that he's actually a swan.
1st May '16 5:45:51 PM DoctorCooper
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* AuthorAppeal: Andersen was gangly, unattractive as a child and was bullied when young. The whole "becoming a beautiful swan" thing was probably wish fulfillment on his own part. Also see RoyalBlood.

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* AuthorAppeal: Andersen was gangly, unattractive as a child and was bullied when young. The whole "becoming a beautiful swan" thing was probably wish fulfillment on his own part. Also see RoyalBlood.



* BeautifulAllAlong
* BeautyEqualsGoodness

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* BeautifulAllAlong
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BeautifulAllAlong: The "ugly duckling" is actually a beautiful swan.
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BeautyEqualsGoodness



* IJustWantToBeBeautiful
* InterspeciesAdoption

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* %%* IJustWantToBeBeautiful
* InterspeciesAdoptionInterspeciesAdoption: He is adopted first as a



* NeverAcceptedInHisHometown: Only once he leaves does the Ugly Duckling find acceptance. Possibly a BrokenAesop in that respect...
** Of course, given the author's intentions (see below), this is deliberate, and for people with AbusiveParents and the like, [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped love and acceptance really have to be found elsewhere.]]

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* NeverAcceptedInHisHometown: Only once he leaves does the Ugly Duckling find acceptance. Possibly a BrokenAesop in that respect...\n** Of course, given the author's intentions (see below), this is deliberate, and for people with AbusiveParents and the like, [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped love and acceptance really have to be found elsewhere.]]



* TrueBeautyIsOnTheInside

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* %%* TrueBeautyIsOnTheInside
21st Jan '16 9:59:16 AM Brynhild.Svanhvit
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21st Jan '16 9:29:40 AM Brynhild.Svanhvit
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There is also a [[Film/TheUglyDuckling 1997 animated movie]] based on The Ugly Duckling but with it's own original plot.

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There is also a [[Film/TheUglyDuckling 1997 animated movie]] based on The Ugly Duckling but with it's its own original plot.
21st Jan '16 6:27:42 AM inuyasharules31
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There is also a [[Film/TheUglyDuckling 1997 animated movie]] based on The Ugly Duckling but with it's own original plot.
18th Oct '15 5:24:57 PM KoopaKid17
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* KidsAreCruel

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* KidsAreCruelKidsAreCruel: The Ugly Duckling's brothers and sisters, who say things such as "We hope the cat gets you!".
23rd Aug '15 6:14:31 PM Adept
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* MorallyAmbiguousDucktorate: Played with. The ducklings aren't ''cruel'' as such, they just don't really consider the feelings of others.
30th Dec '14 11:09:21 PM Chariset
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When the spring comes, he sees a bevy of swans on a pond and is drawn to their beauty, feeling compelled to approach them even though he fears they will abuse or even kill him for his ugliness. To his amazement, they receive him as one of their own. The "duckling" catches sight of his own reflection and sees that he too is a beautiful swan.

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When the spring comes, he sees a bevy of swans on a pond and is drawn to their beauty, feeling compelled to approach them even though he fears they will abuse or even kill him for his ugliness. To his amazement, they receive him as one of their own. The "duckling" catches sight of his own reflection and sees that he too is a beautiful swan.



* AuthorAppeal: Andersen was gangly, unattractive as a child and was bullied when young. The whole becomming a beautiful swan thing was probably wish fulfillment on his own part. Also see RoyalBlood.

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* AuthorAppeal: Andersen was gangly, unattractive as a child and was bullied when young. The whole becomming "becoming a beautiful swan swan" thing was probably wish fulfillment on his own part. Also see RoyalBlood.
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