Various phobias accompanied the suspicious writer all his life: he did not want to have his own home, was afraid of poisoning, strangling with a tie, was especially afraid of furniture and falling out of bed, and partly his fears came true. At an advanced age, Hans Christian fell out of bed, receiving many injuries, which he healed for two years, until his death.
The theme of fatalism and the inevitability of being slips through in many of his works. Despite the external simplicity and ease of narration, each fairy tale in Andersen carries a depth and secret philosophical subtext. Therefore, the writer himself often repeated that he writes his stories not only for children, but also for adults.
Andersen's fairy tales do not always end happily - a Tin Soldier and a paper Ballerina are burned in a fire, A girl with matches freezes in the winter cold, the little Mermaid turns into sea foam... This sadness permeates the whole life of a talented storyteller who brings warmth and light to other people, but remains misunderstood and alienated.