The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid was written by Hans Christian Andersen in 1836 and before Disney put their spin on this tale, I can assure you that there was no singing, talking lobsters, goofy princes or happily ever after. The original tale depicts gore, body mutilation, self-sacrifice and betrayal. In short, Ariel visits the seas surface where she saves a young prince from drowning and in turn, falls in love with him. Sounds sweet enough right? Well, it’s not. She visits a sea witch who in bargain for Ariel’s tongue grants her with a pair of legs however these legs cause her unbearable pain and are described as if she was walking on jagged swords. Sounds pretty uncomfortable if you ask me and on top of this, if she fails to gain the love of the prince she will be turned into sea foam. The prince takes an interest in her especially when Ariel decides to dance for him even though it causes her excruciating pain! People do stupid things for love. So what happens next? The prince marries the wrong girl (according to the book, he chooses the princess he thought had saved him) and Ariel is left for sea foam however there was an adaptation made to the ending. This adaptation gave Ariel the option to kill the prince and love of her life so as though she can become a mermaid again. So did she do it? No, no she did not; she sacrificed herself and instead became the daughter of air because she chose not to kill the prince.

“Before the sun rises you must plunge this knife into the heart of the prince; when the warm blood falls upon your feet they will grow together again, and form into a fish’s tailand you will be once more a mermaid.”

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