The Little Mermaid, The Disney Version And The Original Hans Christian Andersen Version

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Many children’s stories have thousands of versions, each one using literary license to change things. Some versions of stories change the culture, the lessons learned, and sometimes even change them to completely different stories. Either way, through time children’s stories have changed. How and why have children’s stories changed overtime? This is best seen through two different versions of The Little Mermaid, the Disney version and the original Hans Christian Andersen version. Each follows the journey of a little mermaid who dreams of being with a prince who lives on land.
In the Hans Christian Andersen version of the story the little mermaid is not yet old enough to go to the surface. When she is, she sees a prince celebrating his birthday on a ship. She falls in love with him and wishes to marry him to gain an immortal soul. So she goes to a sea witch and makes a deal with her. When she turns into a human she is found by the prince and taken to the palace. Sadly, the prince leaves and goes to another land to meet a princess, he falls in love with her and they plan to marry. Then little mermaid’s sisters come to her and tell her if she can kill the prince with the magical knife that the sea witch gave them, then the little mermaid can return home. The little mermaid loves the prince too much to kill him, so instead she throws herself off the boat and turns into sea foam. In the Disney version of The Little Mermaid Ariel swims up to the surface one day and sees a ship,…

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