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The Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffman - The Classic Story Behind Gift of a Tale by Me Books Asia

Updated: Jul 25, 2018

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The Nutcracker – a story about the power of love and formidable courage that breaks a powerful spell.

Clara and Fritz received a rather ugly nutcracker, painted as a soldier from their godfather, Drosselmeyer for Christmas. Fritz wasn’t happy with the gift and in an attempt to break an extra hard nut, he broke the nutcracker – leaving it with half a mouth. Saddened by this, Clara falls asleep under the Christmas tree with the Nutcracker soldier close to her.

Clara dreams about a fierce battle between tin soldiers and mice soldiers. She helped to win the battle by throwing a shoe at the Mouse King. When she awoke late Christmas morning, her godfather had already fixed the Nutcracker soldier. When she told him about her dream, he in return told her a story...

“A King and his special inventor made mousetraps which killed many mice. The angry Queen Mice cursed the King’s beautiful daughter and made her ugly. The distraught King, after consulting his trusted inventor and royal astrologer, was then told that there were conditions that need to be met to break the spell. The King immediately made a law that any boy who met the conditions and cured his daughter of ugliness would have the princess's hand in marriage. At last, the inventor’s nephew broke the spell but he became ugly instead! The princess, though cured, refused to marry him."

Clara thanked her godfather for telling her this story and proceeded to fall asleep feeling sad. Once again, she dreamt of the Mouse King but this time, he threatened to hurt her. Feeling scared when she awoke from slumber, Clara ran crying to her mother, telling her all about the scary Mouse King and the Nutcracker – only to be met with anger over her ‘silly imagination’. This left Clara crying. She vowed that if the Nutcracker was a real person she would marry him even though he was ugly, unlike the ungrateful princess. She would love him for his good heart – not his face.

Clara’s vow broke the spell! Her godfather – Drosselmeyer, presented his nephew, who was no longer ugly but handsome and smiling. One day in the future, they would both be married and live happily ever after.

- Based on the classic story by E.T.A. Hoffman -​

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