“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 the water. But then he could not possibly have known that she was there and that it was she who had saved him. The little mermaid felt so terribly sad” (Andersen). This was the first test that the little mermaid had to pass (Ingwersen). Being a mermaid and in love with the prince, her first instinct was to bring him down to the bottom of the sea with her but she knew that if she did that he would drown and die, so she ignored all of her selfish mermaid instincts and she brought him to the shore. She also let another girl take the credit for saving his life and this was very hard for her, but she knew that was what was best for him. So she put her feelings aside for him and in doing that, she ultimately passed her first test.
That is not the only test that the mermaid had to pass throughout her journey to gain the love of the prince. 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 merma...
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...r final test by putting the prince and the princess’s feelings before her own (Ingwersen).
Overall I believe there to be many themes from The Little Mermaid short story. I only interpreted three of them, but I know there is more than that, it just takes someone different to interpret its messages in their own way. I think that having different meanings and different ways of interpreting the information makes the story more interesting and entertaining for the audience. It allows the readers to be creative with their own ideas and wonders. The Little Mermaid teaches many life lessons. It teaches how to sacrifice things for the people that you love, that not everything comes easy, there are always complications and things you must go through in order to gain what you desire, and that kindness towards others can get you far in the world and help your own self-worth.
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