The Little Mermaid 's Change Of Character Essay

1184 Words Aug 22nd, 2015 5 Pages
Rarely, in fiction, are women portrayed as strong, independent characters who can think and stand up for themselves. Rarely, do they get to play a role other than the obedient housewife, or the emotional girlfriend. Strong female protagonists, despite their scarcity, do exist. But even the strongest women often turn into love struck, bashful little girls when they meet and fall in love with a man, and the rebellious red headed little mermaid is no exception.
The little mermaid’s change of character is far more obvious in Disney’s version of the tale. While the original little mermaid is quiet and thoughtful, Ariel is daring, courageous, and full of curiosity. It’s a refreshing change – she is not like all those other meek and submissive Disney princesses who have personalities as blank as an empty canvas – no, this girl is looking for an adventure, and she will do what she wants, whenever she wants – even if it’s against the rules. Not only that, she is fearless even when being chased by a shark, and instead of needing to be saved by a handsome prince or anyone of the sort, she actually uses her own wits and abilities to escape. Unfortunately – and this was to be expected – her potential as a strong female protagonist plummets when she meets Prince Eric. Interestingly, Eric plays the role of the damsel-in-distress in the story – “His limbs were failing him, his beautiful eyes were closed, and he would have died had not the little mermaid come to his assistance”, but despite…

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