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Love and Immortality in <i>The Velveteen Rabbit</i> and <i>The Little Mermaid</i>

Vigen Guroian

in Tending the Heart of Virtue

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780195152647
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849192 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152647.003.0004
Love and Immortality in The Velveteen Rabbit and The Little Mermaid

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This chapter discusses two modern classics concerned with some eternally relevant questions: The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams and The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen. People living in contemporary times also have not outgrown the yearning for immortality, even if it might be the case that the traditional religious answers to the question of immortality are proving less persuasive to many people today than in preceding times. The Velveteen Rabbit and The Little Mermaid continue to address the need that children have for finding answers to such questions as: What happens to us after we die? And where we do we go?

Keywords: The Velveteen Rabbit; Margery Williams; The Little Mermaid; Hans Christian Andersen; immortality; children

Chapter.  7390 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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