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Life, death, soul, transformation

Description of this motif: Resurrection refers inevitably to the resurrection of Jesus after being killed on the cross and to the dogma of the resurrection of the flesh at The Second Coming of Christ, but there is no speaking of resurrection of the flesh with Andersen.

Example :

Gradually the forest leaves became more and more yellow, and leaf after leaf drifted down to earth; and the stormy winds of autumn howled; harvesttime was over. The Queen lay on the fallen yellow leaves and looked with lovely mild eyes at the glittering stars above, while her husband stood beside her. Suddenly a gust of wind whirled through the leaves, a shower of them fell again, and the Queen was gone! Only a butterfly, the last of the season, fluttered through the chilly air.

Comment on this quote: The butterfly is a traditional symbol of the immortal soul.