“The Little Match Girl” is a sad story about a miserable young girl that touched the heart of many readers. The story begins in a cold winter night in which the snow never stopped. It was a real, rough and cold dinner.
It wasn’t just any kind of day, it was the last day before New Year. Even thought that day was well known for making parties and having fun the atmosphere was sad. The reader is introduced to a frozen little girl, which even though was dressed felt completely naked on that cold winter air.
She has her mother’s slippers on her feet but they were to big so when she tried to run after a carriage she lost one and the other one was stolen by a boy yelling he’ll used for his child’s crib one day.
The poor girl lost her only warmth and she just went one barefoot. Her feet were red and frozen because the temperature was very low. She had an old apron and matches that she wanted to sell. She didn’t manage to sell any and the hunger and coldness increased by the minute and those unpleasant feeling were impossible to ignore.
She was distracted by appetizing smells spreading from a house where a family was getting ready for New Year. She couldn’t resist the smell of freshly made turkey. The low temperature made it hard for her to be on the outside and she pressed herself against a corner, between two buildings and tucked her feet underneath herself to try to keep warm. The coldness was growing stronger and she couldn’t go home since she didn’t sell any matches.
To be honest she didn’t have any desire to go home since it was a cold attic where her violent father would hit her often. The wind that was blowing from all sides of that attic didn’t leave any room for a happy family. She thought how to get warm so he decided to light up one match. After she did it the light reminded her of a fireplace. After the match burned out the cold came back.
After she lit up another match she saw a beautiful set table with a lot of food. The turkey on the table started moving and went towards her but she never came to the girl because the match burned out. She decided to light up another one and she saw a decorated Christmas tree and many candles around it. When she reached her hands to touch it the light went out.
All of the candles started to rise towards the sky and one star fell down, leaving behind a mark. The girl thought that it meant somebody died and that it was their soul. In that moment she saw her grandma an in order to keep her near she lit up all of the matches. Her grandma took her with her to a place where hunger and coldness were gone.
The next morning she was found frozen with a smile on her face. Everybody commented on her attempts to keep herself warm but nobody knew she waited for New Year with the prettiest pictures in her mind.
Title: Little Match Girl
Main Character: Little match girl
Other characters: grandma, the boy, passengers, father