Incident in a Duckyard [NOOK Book]

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This brief Radio Play is adapted from Hans Christian Andersen’s story In the Duckyard. We are so used to thinking of Hans Andersen as a sweet-tempered children’s storyteller (a point of view perpetrated by Victorian adaptations and sentimental movies), we forget that he wrote many of his stories primarily for Danish adults, and that his folk and fairy tales have a darker side and involve moral and ethical issues. Indeed, the primary focus of any folk or fairy tale is to make us aware of how inappropriate ...

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Incident in a Duckyard

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Overview

This brief Radio Play is adapted from Hans Christian Andersen’s story In the Duckyard. We are so used to thinking of Hans Andersen as a sweet-tempered children’s storyteller (a point of view perpetrated by Victorian adaptations and sentimental movies), we forget that he wrote many of his stories primarily for Danish adults, and that his folk and fairy tales have a darker side and involve moral and ethical issues. Indeed, the primary focus of any folk or fairy tale is to make us aware of how inappropriate behaviour has consequences we may not wish to deal with and therefore should avoid.
Andersen’s stories are rife with satire and sometimes his dark humour is not for bedtime reading. As an excellent example, one of my favourite episodes in The Ugly Duckling is always omitted from translations into English, I suspect because of its bleak humour. The Duckling finds himself in the home of the Old Woman, the Hen and the Cat. The Hen tells the Duckling that she lays eggs, the Cat gives off sparks and purrs, and the Old Woman knits, all apparently useful things to do. She then asks the Duckling what he can do and the Duckling humbly replies that he can swim. The Hen then tells the duckling that, “the Cat tried that once when he was a kitten and the hardest part was getting out of the bag!”
In this Duckyard story, using poultry to illustrate how easily bigotry, racism, hypocrisy, stupidity, and apathy can escalate into violence and destroy an innocent (and gifted) creature, Andersen makes us aware of the darker side of our humanity.
As with the Cat in The Ugly Duckling, we have constantly to strive to get out of the bag of cruelty and seek the fresh air of kindness and compassion for all our fellow creatures on this diverse planet. After all, this Earth is our ‘duckyard’ and it is up to each of us to make it a better place.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940044535206
  • Publisher: H.D. Greaves
  • Publication date: 5/15/2013
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 68 KB

Meet the Author

H.D. Greaves lives in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, where he was born and raised. Although he has travelled extensively, his island home has always held a special place in his heart.Now in his seventies, MANDRAGORA - A Ribald and Irreverent Tale from the Italian Renaissance, and THE NARRATIVE VOICE - A Collection of Stories, are his first published works, proof, he says, that with perseverance (and not a little luck), it is never too late to create and to succeed.His short story, CLEOPATRUS EXCAPTIVUS, was included in the Vernal 2012 edition of Camera Obscura, a prestigious journal of short fiction, and is available in THE NARRATIVE VOICE collection of stories.OF BLISS AND GRANTED WISHES - A True Story told as a Novel, is also available on Smashwords. H.D. says, "This is an amazing story of two wonderful people and how they coped with extreme old age and illness, especially the loss of memory. They were dear friends and were an inspiration to me. The book is an homage to them and to their courage."Also available on Smashwords are some of his plays:ATASCADERO! and INCIDENT IN A DUCKYARD are unusual adaptations of stories by Hans Christian Andersen.Other plays are GNATWING! - A Farce for Clowns, THE FIREBIRD, DISAGREEMENT IN EDEN, and the ever popular RUMPLESTILZKIN.DRAMATIS PERSONAE - Poems of Comedy and Tragedy, a book with a wide variety of poems, is also available on Smashwords.H.D. is currently working on another novel: CLIZIA – A Tale of Scandalous Surprises, also based, like MANDRAGORA, on an Italian Renaissance comedy by Niccolò Machiavelli.
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