The Steadfast Tin Soldier Commentary
There is much about Hans Christian Andersen's tale of the tin soldier that reminds of little Tom Thumb (see Tom Thumb). Here we have a small soldier falling in love with a little paper dancer. As with Tom Thumb, he is at one point eaten by fish, and when the fish--intimately connected with resurrection symbolism--is caught and cut open he is found within.
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