The issue of romanticism has to do with the emotional attachment as intertwined in a literature works in an imaginative form. This paper tries to bring out how. Hans Chistian Andersen’s “Five peas in one pod” has brought out this issue. The five peas in one pod is one of such literature that brings this aspect well. The incorporation of the non-human object in the tale yet they have been animated is such one style that quantifies it to be a romanticism text. The emotions are well brought out by the state of the girl that happens to recover from illness due to her attachment to one of the pods.
The “Five peas in one pod” is a tale that involves both human and inhuman characters. The story rotates around the fate of five peas that happen to be in the same pod. The pods have different wishes of where they hope to land. The pods that carried the peas happen to be green in color and hence they believed that the whole world was green. The peas however find themselves scattered into different directions with only the small one landing on a windowsill which happens to be in line with her preferred choice of destination.
The animation of the crop characters in the tale is an element of romanticism. Hans Chistian Andersen tells us of the feeling that the peas have in the pod. The peas feel the tiredness of staying in the pod and wish that they could move out. One of them for instance says, “Shall I always remain sitting here?” The attention with which the woman gives to the growing pea also tells us that she’s got a lot of emotional attachment to the plant (Berlin & Hardy 72). While everyone knows very well that crops can not at any one time have emotions, Hans Chistian Andersen gives them these characteristics. The peas actually have the aspirations of ending in various destinations.The last pea which happened to be the smallest wanted to go the farthest -“We’ll go the farthest!”
The imaginative emotion is brought out by the description of the mother of the sick girl. The predicaments that have followed her before the landing of the last pea on the windowsill of the room of her daughter call for sympathy. The woman, who is said to be poor, lived in a little room. The woman is said to be industrious yet she still remained poor. She went around her life doing hard core jobs such as splitting of firewood and other manual jobs.
It is very definite that the peas don’t have the ability to fly. In this context, when they peas talk of flying we arte only meant to believe that they flew from a Romanticism point of view. In the non-imaginative world, the peas could only move due to some push exerted on them which is usually air (Guyer 91).
The daughter of the poor woman raises a lot of emotions. First she is her physique is being described as thin and frail. This call for some empathy as it leaves the reader to assume that she hasn’t been getting enough food. This is elongated when we are told that the girl is sick. “Our Lord Himself planted the pea, and made it thrive, to bring hope and joy to you, my blessed child, and to me, too!” This was the comment from the woman to the daughter after she discovered the “magic” that the plant had performed on the general mood of the plant. The woman goes ahead still in this conversation ion alleging that its God who sent the pea to the window sill. This is so much imaginative as God is abstract and one cannot imagine that he has hands to place the pea on the window sill.
The two peas that fell on the ground before being put in the shooter by the boy brings out the imaginative emotional aspect when they feel the pinch of swelling in the water. They later had to rot and their fate is sealed. The attachment of the healing of the girl to the presence and the maturity of the pea also raises a lot of emotional implication. While we know pretty well that getting healed could be pegged on the administration of medicines and good diet, this development brings in the emotional and psychological contribution to this state. The girl was psychologically moved to the level that the healing could have been fastened. This brings to the reader on how our emotions can impact on our state of mind and health. It tells us that at times illness could be psychological (Bewell 65).
Having gone through Hans Chistian Andersen’s “Five peas in one pod”, I find this works to be a text based on romanticism. Without this imaginative scripting and the animation of the character, it would be difficult for Anderson to bring her point home using the crop characters. The use of the crop characters has help so much in bringing the relations between the girl and the pea since the pea could talk and bring the connection to the shooter boy. Hans Chistian Andersen has used this style (romanticism) both directly like in the case of direct conversation of the peas and indirectly as to the relationship between the healing of the girl and God being involved in the whole affair.