The Little Match Girl is one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beautiful and yet devastatingly sad tales. It’s a cold Christmas Eve night, a poor, young girl tries to sell matches in the street. She is cold, and walking barefoot having lost her shoes. Still, she is too afraid to go home, because her father will be very angry at her for not selling any matches. The girl takes shelter in an alley and sits down. As our destitute heroine struggles to survive, she strikes her matches to keep warm. With each match, a new vision.
The Little Match Girl, is steeped in metaphor and meaning that runs through the veins of Andersen’s enduring stories.