When I was little, my parents used to read to me a Chinese version of the story, The Red Shoes, by Hans Christian Andersen. Though, I was not aware of the story's Christian themes and motifs until I read the English version, a language that I am more fluent in.
There are some defining characteristics:
- the girl cannot wear red, presumably because it's a sinful color (?)
- the girl must wear black shoes to church
- the girl cannot wear red during her mother's funeral; it's socially forbidden
- the red shoes are very distracting to the girl, perhaps the epitome of sin
- the girl must literally repent and forsake her "sinful" life, marked by the red shoes
- the type of Christian that Andersen depicts cannot show pride when other people admire her dress or her looks; she must be modest or humble, and that means ignoring the good things about her
What type of Christianity is this, or is this just a figment of Hans Christian Andersen's imagination, or is it a generic nameless type of Christianity as in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale?