A love story is a genre of popular fiction in which characters fall in love. Although, the basis of Sleeping Beauty and Maleficent are love stories, there are more important themes to these stories than the romance portrayed in these fairytales, which Disney touches on, but Robert Stromberg brings more emphasis to; evil from different perspectives, the act of rape, and the theory that love conquers all.
In Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent is the typical evil character like in all the other Disney films, but in Stromberg’s version, it shows how evil arises in different characters throughout the film including Maleficent. In the original movie, Maleficent calls herself “Mistress of all Evil”, which plainly points out that she is completely full of evil throughout the whole movie. In this film, Maleficent curses Aurora to death after she pricks her finger on a spinning wheel upon sunset on her sixteenth birthday. In the beginning of Stromberg’s movie, Maleficent is not right off the bat an evil character. She’s a fairy that meets Count Stefan as a young girl and falls in love with him. Stefan is technically the evil one since he betrays Maleficent’s trust and cuts her wings off of her for the current king, so when he passes, he can become king. It could be argued that Stefan is toying with Maleficent ever since he met her. Even though his intention when he is young might not have been to deceive her, he always wanted to live in the castle; in other words, he always wanted power. This angers Maleficent. She wants revenge. In this situation that reaction is normal, but she takes it a little too far and takes her anger out on a baby. She curses his daughter into a deep sleep where only tru...
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...ecause what I have done to you is unforgivable. I was so lost in hatred and revenge. Sweet Aurora, you stole what was left of my heart. And now I have lost you forever. I swear, no harm will come to you as long as I live. And not a day shall pass that I don 't miss your smile” (Maleficent). Aurora awakens, which means the true love in the story is actually a god-mother and daughter relationship rather than a romantic relationship. Ultimately, true love of any kind of relationship can conquer all, including irreversible curses.
There is more to love stories than just the romance, in these two particular films there is hardly any romance in them, but more of the interchangeable concept of love along with other important themes. The secret tale of Sleeping Beauty and Maleficent demonstrates the themes of different forms of evil, rape, and the idea that love conquers all.
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