The Little Mermaid: Hegemonic Femininity The transition from a girl to a woman is created by the socially constructed ideals of femininity often depicted in commercials, books, and mainly films. One of the famous animated princess Disney films, The Little Mermaid can be easily added to yet another Disney film portraying hegemonic femininity. In the 1989 film The Little Mermaid, (Ron Clements, John Musker) a beautiful, young mermaid is willing to make a risky deal with an evil sea-witch because she yearns to walk on land and fall in love with a Prince, while secretly the sea-witch wishes for the mermaid to lose the deal. Ultimately, mermaid ends up achieving her dream of marrying the Prince, although the evil sea-witch tries to destroy the plan.
The Truth Behind Disney Movie Disney movies are constructed in a traditional and a similar way. Throughout the movies, it can be seen that all Disney films have lots of details in common. Whether it is a based on the life of an animal or human, they all have a certain goal they are determined to accomplish. Disney sticks to its own style and bases all the movies created to fit that specific style.
From how the narrator explains to the reader how much she loved the sea, and how her daily actions were often surrounded by the sea. One has the feeling that she is ignorant towards other ways of life; and seems to think that the lifestyle she is living is the only way to live. This can be further shown when her daughter marries a man who knows nothing about the sea lifestyle; and as a result she saw him as lazy, dishonest, and the unknown. In addition to this her strong opinion seems to be keeping her state of mind in the past. In a sense it was what was holding her back, from comprising and working towards a better relationship with her husband.
Disney Company is notoriously known for making revolutionary cartoon movies that always gets the kid’s attention and win their hearts. The vast majority of their movie are targeting kids, kids under the age of 15, who are unbeknownst to the hidden messages about the movie(s) they’re watching. For example, The Disney film Sleeping Beauty, the main character Aurora was cursed to be sleeping forever by an evil witch. And Prince Phillip is bound to kiss her for a “true love’s kiss” and wakes up. It is pretty evident at the ending that the prince kissed Aurora without consent and she had no idea that it was going to happen for she was asleep. In another perspective, the prince basically took advantage of Aurora. Another Disney film that is quite peculiar on its ending is Little Mermaid –
Gender is something that is brought to the attention of people well before people are even brought into the world. Take for instance, when a woman finds out that she is pregnant and is about to have a child. The first question that that women is asked is “What are you having?” In doing this we are automatically emphasizing the importance of being able to identify whether or not to buy “boy” things or “girl” things. As a society we deem it important for each sex to practice a set of “norms” of how to behave via that sex. As a man, you are supposed to be dominant, strong, hardworking, provider, and the bread winner. As a woman, you are supposed to be submissive, weak, docile, and nurture. But where and when do these norms on how to behave
[with] wondrous virtues” does not seem to be happy. Infact she is "aweary" and melancholic, making the audience curious as to why. In the following scene the audience’s curiosity of Portia’s misery is quenched. The conversation between Nerissa and Portia gives the first glimpse of her power, or the lack of it.
Any child who was fortunate enough to be raised anywhere except the underside of a rock has certainly been exposed to Walt Disney movies at some point in his or her life. One of the most famous of these childhood classics is “Disney’s The Little Mermaid”. Most children and parents alike probably assume that this colorful tale was woven straight from the brain of Walt Disney himself. However, to the shock of most viewers, this feature film draws its premise from Hans Christian Andersen’s 1837 fairytale, “The Little Mermaid”. Although both stories feature the same “little mermaid” as the protagonist, the presentation of this mythical creature has evolved drastically from the original fairytale. This essay will identify the changes made in the
Princess Tiana is a character I am very fond of based on her hard work mentality and unique desire to own her own restaurant when she grows up. Although she encounters many hardships, she ultimately gains from these trials and becomes more successful than she imagined. Her family supports her and her dreams to have her own family restaurant one day. Working so hard, she often fails to let herself have fun. Although naïve Tiana accidentally turns herself into a frog, this incident is where her adventure truly begins.
She practiced and worked hard every day becoming strong with each passing day. When she realized that she needed to improve she moved from her town to work on her skills in a new city. In her new classes, she was bullied and other kids made fun of her. People made fun of her name and asked where her feathers were.
Across cultures and civilizations, the sea has always been an important figure both in the benefits it provides in daily life and its presence in storytelling. In consequence, sea monsters have been important figures in myths and stories whether it be in 1000 BCE Babylonian culture, or in 20th century America. The Babylonian Enuma Elish and Disney’s 1989 The Little Mermaid both feature a powerful female antagonist, Tiamat and Ursula, respectively, and these two figures bear many similarities. In both stories, the female antagonist holds strong relationship to the sea, and has supernatural abilities that aid her in her quest to defeat the heroic characters in the story. Additionally, Tiamat and Ursula engage in battle in their respective tales, and are defeated and killed in almost identical fashion.
I am written as the evil fairy in the tale as old as time. I cursed the beautiful child for no fault of her own, and I am the villain. I’m afraid that’s not how the events truly transpired. There is a hidden story, known to few, of what truthfully occurred. Here is the true story of what happened to the lovely Sleeping Beauty, Briar Rose.
The Little Mermaid is all about coming of age. In other words Ariel the main character of the story believes that she is old enough to do as she pleases. Ariel loves going to the surface. On the other hand her dad didn’t want any humans to lay eyes on her, as a result of him thinking that they are barbarians. All Ariel wants is to do what she wants when she wants. “I'm sixteen years old. I'm not a child anymore”, said Ariel. Clearly Ariel believes that she is now old enough to do whatever she wants. Her dad thinks otherwise. Ariel doesn’t acknowledge what could happen to her if humans see her. While her dad thinks too much and is to overprotective. This may be the reason why she wants to do what she wants. Her dad has been protective her whole
The reader really gets the sense that he was in a state of inner tension and both him and his lover went through a roller-coaster of emotions and had a lot of ups and downs. In the same line, we know how the writer feels like sometimes she loves him and show all the attention that he wants and needs, and sometimes, he starts questioning her love to him. “Through nights like this one I held her in my arms. I kissed her again and again under the endless sky.”
The Little Mermaid. By Metaphrog and Hans Christian Andersen. Illus. by Metaphrog. 2017.