Clumsy Hans

Morten John Jørgensen

Student thesis: Master thesis


This Thesis is about how fairy tales can be used as a metaphor to a healthy human education process and how that assumption can create an upbringing form, that is in compliance with the human nature and adventurousness.

The thesis is based on a procedural examination of the fairytale Clumsy Hans by H.C. Andersen and hence not designed as a classic thesis.

Including theoretics like C.G. Jung, Søren Kierkegaard, Joseph Campbell, Sigmund Freud and James Hillman, this thesis will unfold, how the dialectics between society and individual in a culture shaped by the authoritarian modernity, leads to a discrepancy between human nature and culture, leading to what this thesis names civilization diseases.

As a way to rethink this healthy human education process, this thesis unfolds the Theory of Clumsy Hans, which in short terms revolve around how the human individual through fairy tales can find the way to a good life and happiness, with an awareness of the burden of culture and a common inherited mythological awareness.

As an action-oriented perspective, this thesis will finally draw up a statement of an educational practice in the educational system, including the reformational thoughts of John Dewey, which could serve as the basic understanding of what this thesis names the school of adventure, that could be seen as an alternative to the traditional educational system.

EducationsEducational Studies, (Bachelor/Graduate Programme) Graduate
Publication date28 Aug 2016
Number of pages66
SupervisorsThomas Gitz-Johansen