After receiving a collection of fables by Hans Christian Anderson from Luna, I became engrossed with reading the other fables he had written. Ugly Duckling offers the moral of being proud of yourself even if you struggle to fit in with others. I always loved the idea of an awkward person growing up to be a graceful beauty.
The Duckling’s Story
The story stars with a young duckling being teased by their siblings and other farm animals. Seeking solace from the abuse, he wanders away from the farm living with wild geese until they are slaughtered by hunters. Seeing a flock of swans but is too young to join them and cannot fly.
There have been numerous adaptions of Anderson’s story ranging from animated films, childhood nursery rhymes, and an anime with the same name. My favorite adaptation is the anime The Ugly Duckling.
The story tells of a young duckling who is a ballerina and when she touches water she’s a beautiful human, yet when she sees her crush she is transformed back into the duckling. I like how they added a unique twist to the classic fable.
“Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs. The ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile, and who love you no matter what.”
Hans Christian Anderson’s story reveals a silver lining to the end of the duckling’s grief by having the duckling find family despite not fitting in with the family he was born into. Family is what you make of it, it can be of blood, or of those who love you and accept you are.