Throughout Andersen’s tale of The Little Mermaid an unnamed ten year old mermaid is caught in mental and physical turmoil. The young girl must marry her true love or else she will die broken hearted and dissolve in the sea foam in the waves. The mermaid takes it upon
She couldn’t let the prince drown because he could not live under the sea with her, so she saved the prince, and brought him back from the water hoping he would survive. As time passed, she continued watching humans, wanting nothing more than to see the prince again. The little mermaid later talks to her grandmother about humans, and discovers
In that moment on the shore, Ariel becomes infatuated with the idea of becoming human in order for Eric and herself to fall in love. Ariel’s father, Triton, strongly discourages any thoughts about meeting hu... ... middle of paper ... ...er heart” and was devastated that she was losing her love and would die. Ariel’s broken heart was far more hurtful than her physical pain. After Ariel watched her love be married off and her opportunity to have an immortal soul vanish her six sisters swam before her with their hair being chopped off and holding a knife saying: We have given our hair to the witch,” said they, “to obtain help for you, that you may not die to-night. She has given us a knife: here it is, see it is very sharp.
Early in the story, the first example of heroine actions is presented by the Little Mermaid rescuing the Prince. “When the Little Mermaid found the Prince, she carried him to the surface and laid him on the sand, kissing his forehead before swimming away from the beach” (Andersens 184). The Prince faced a near death experience, and if not for the Little Mermaid, his life would have been cut short. This is only one example, but throughout the story the Little Mermaid signifies the heroin... ... middle of paper ... ...er. The Little Mermaids innocence led her to crave more knowledge to learn about humans and their souls.
Ariel, who is dissatisfied with her life as a mermaid. Ariel does not obey her father, King Triton’s commands and his adviser, Sebastian, who looks out for Ariel. She was supposed to perform at her father’s ceremony. She and her guppy friend, Flounder, swam and went to a sunken ship. Ariel found a fork inside the sunken ship.
Hans Christian Andersen, the original author of The Little Mermaid or Den lille Havfrue, wrote the fairy tale in Denmark in the year 1837. Andersen’s tale portrays a more serious plot much different from Disney’s loveable adaptation. The story starts off with describing how there once was a widowed sea king who lived with his mother and six daughters. The sea grandmother would watch over the daughters and when each would turn fifteen years of age (all were a year apart) they were granted permission to go above water and explore. The story then develops into the experiences of each sister in order from eldest to youngest and describes how eager the youngest was to explore the world above.
Unlike Little Roja Riding Hood, which was published during 2014, The Little Mermaid has details that would be considered morbid it today’s books (Elya, 2014). In the story of the Little Mermaid, the little sea princess finally got to go to the surface of the water when she turned fifteen. While on the surface of the water, a storm tore apart a ship carrying a prince. The little sea princess saved his life and fell in love with the prince. After a while, she decided to risk her life to try to get the prince to fall in love with her; if she could get the prince to fall in love with her she would become human and gain an eternal soul.
The more modern films have better Disney princesses to look up to. But what events happened in Disney’s The Little Mermaid to not make Ariel a good role model for young women? The reason Ariel is not a good is very apparent in the film. Her father warns her about the humans and she ignores him. She gives up the most beautiful voice in all the sea just for a date.
But it isn’t unpleasant…it is like a night in a dream." (Chopin, 31) 	At the end of this story, Edna kills herself by swimming out into the ocean. The movie shows just that, omitting two very significant symbols which are present in the novella. The first of these two symbols is the injured bird that’s "beating the air above, reeling, fluttering, circling disabled down, down to the water." (Chopin, 124) This bird symbolizes Edna’s struggle to become the master her own life as well as her failure to achieve this goal.
(Andersen 50) The passage quoted above is an important excerpt from "The Little Mermaid," a famous work by the great Danish storyteller, Hans Christian Andersen. This excerpt marks the turning point of the story, when the little mermaid adamantly resolves to trade her voice for a pair of legs with the sea-witch, a decision that adversely changes her fate. From here onwards, the story of a mermaid who longs to be human and with the prince she loves heads towards a tragic end: she will transform into wind eventually, bereft of love and overcome by grief. This is no doubt a poignant story about unrequited love; however what makes it striking is also its primary and perhaps conflicting role as a fairytale. In fact, "The Little Mermaid" was one of the stories from Andersen's third volume of fairytales for children: "Eventyr, fortalte for Børn.