The Little Match Girl Symbols & Objects

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The Matches

The matches represent the girl’s hope and happiness. Whenever the girl lights a match, she visualizes a different ideal situation in which she would rather be. Furthermore, the girl’s desperate reaction when the matches go out show that the matches are her only solace in her terrible situation.

The Goose

The goose represents the girl’s childish innocence, which persists despite her horrible situation. When the girl imagines the roast goose, she sees it waddling towards her. This creates a comedic image despite her tragic situation, so the goose shows that the girl’s innocence allows her to see positivity through difficult situations.

The Christmas Tree and Candles

The tree and candles represent the girl’s ideal life. It has been previously established that the girl places importance on holiday spirit. Thus, the perfect tree she imagines exemplifies this belief she holds. Moreover...

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