The Little Mermaid Short Story Analysis

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In most to all folktales and fairy tales there is always someone who wants or needs something and is on a mission to achieve what they desire (Ingwersen). Of course the authors of the stories are not just going to come right out and give them what they want. There are always some complications and test that the character or heroine must pass to achieve their goal. The Little Mermaid short story is a perfect example of this. The little mermaid is on a mission to gain the love of the prince and an eternal soul and she has a series of test that she has to go through in order to achieve that goal. “The mermaid swam with her prince toward the beach. She laid him in the fine white sand, taking care to place his head in the warm sunshine far from…show more content…
She also had to give up her voice, which she had done so willingly, endure tremendous amounts of pain to have the legs of a human, and give up her life as a mermaid as well as never be able to be with her sisters at the bottom of the ocean again. The little mermaid passed all of the tests that the universe threw at her, but in the end, she did not get to marry the prince and this is a great example of a message from the author that life can be unfair sometimes. No matter how much we try and do everything right some things just are not meant to be and the mermaid was not meant for the prince…show more content…
Love can make people go crazy and they will do anything to receive that same love and passion back from them (Cravens). In this story the little mermaid is madly in love with the prince and she does everything and anything to gain love back from him. “Stick out your little tongue, and let me cut it off in payment, and you shall have the potion." "Let it happen," whispered the little mermaid” (Andersen). The little mermaid in this short story has the most beautiful voice of sea and to give up her voice was a major thing that she never thought she would have done before. She gave up her voice to the sea witch so she could make a potion to allow the little mermaid have the legs of a human so she could have a chance to be with the man she loves, the prince. Although giving up her voice was a major sacrifice that she did just to be with the one she loves, that was not the only thing she had to sacrifice. She left her home at sea and all of her family behind. She also had to feel an enormous amount of pain every time she took a step to have legs. Although she did all of those things, that did not guarantee that the prince would love or marry her, but she took that chance anyway. She sacrificed all that she had in hopes of gaining the love of the prince, but that just shows how people will go to the extreme measures
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