The Little Match Girl, written by Hans Christian Anderson is quite the bitter-sweet story, indeed. A very young child from an impovershed family is forced to sell matches in order to sustain hers, as well as her family`s lives. It is a snowy evening, as well as being New Years Eve. All hope is virtually lost to the child, she no longer has shoes, she is freezing cold, and there would most definetly be consequences for her if she were to return home without a cent.
The girl sits down to rest, soon she begins to wish dearly that she could warm herself with one of the matches, she does so quickly, in hopes of restoring herself any sort of comfort. She finds that whenever she lights a match, she is able to see a scene that she so longs for. First, she sees a beautiful feast, traditional roast goose with a stuffing of apples and dried plums, ever so elegantly arranged before her. Though, before she is able to thoroughly enjoy it, the match burns cold and she is left again.
She lights a second match against the brick wall, this time, however, she found herself beneath a large christmas tree! The lights burn beautifully atop the branches, gaily coloured pictures line the walls about her as well! It was then that the match burned cold once more, the lights faded as stars into the heavens, and the girl lights yet another match.
This time, her beloved Grandmother appears, although she had been deceased for quite a time prior. The girl embraces her Grandmother and pleads that she take her with her, as she knows that she will disapear as soon as the match burns out. The girl lights all the matches at once in hopes of perserving her Grandmother. In her Grandmother`s arms, she flies higher and higher into the skies, all the way to heaven. The next day it is revealed that the young girl froze to death, bearing a smile upon her face…