The Little Mermaid Comparison Essay

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First, starting out with what each mermaid desires most. Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid” has come to terms with wanting a soul, “more and more she grew to love human beings and wished that she could leave the sea and live among them,” (Andersen 65) but pays the ultimate price overall when this ordeal takes place. In Disney’s The Little Mermaid, she has come to the conclusion that she also wants to be part of the human world, after being curious but her ultimate goal is be with the prince. Both mermaids will enter the Supernatural World with different terms on what it will mean. Now that each mermaid has established what they desire most, they each can’t do it all alone, so will require the assistance of an aide.
The Supernatural Aide in each story is characterized as a sea witch. In “The Little Mermaid,” the sea witch already knew what the mermaid wanted and explained to
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Ariel the little mermaid has become unhappy living in the ocean and wants to embrace the chance to live in the supernatural world, where humans live. Again, she can’t accomplish such task alone, therefore, getting help from the sea witch, Ursula. Ursula’s overall plan is to take over the ocean waves from the king and sees Ariel’s delemia as the opportunity to do so. Ariel, the little mermaid, is convinced by Ursula’s eels to take a visit to her. Once there the sea witch knows the answer to Ariel’s problem telling her “Well, angelfish, the solution to your problem is simple. The only way to get what you want is to become human yourself.” (movie quote) She jumps to the opportunity, agreeing to become human under Ursula’s conditions. It’s similar to Andersen’s version except, the sea witch takes Ariel’s voice, without cutting her tongue and give her three days to retrieve a “true loves kiss.” Both Supernatural Aide’s in each story help the mermaid under their terms, yet one is more painful than the

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