Little Mermaid Belonging Notes

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The Little Mermaid’- Walt Disney Quotes and themes to be used in essay Themes: -Seeking to belong to a particular group often involves sacrifice of many natures -Physical and Mental Barriers can inhibit the quest for belonging Sacrifice: ‘What would I give if I could live out of these waters? What would I pay to spend a day warm on the sand’ – Questioning to self what lengths she would go to, to feel as if she belonged. ‘If I become human, I’ll never be with my father or sisters again’ ¬ -Showing the sacrifices that must be made to belong ‘Life’s full of tough choices isn’t it?’ - Indicating it is a tough choice to feel as if you belong or not, due to the sacrifices that must be made Ariel sacrificing her voice in order to belong to the outside world is a metaphor for not being able to communicate to the people you feel you belong with, due to the barriers. Ariel obtains legs so the barrier of being a mermaid has been broken, but only due to the sacrifice of her voice Barriers: ‘Can you get your head out of the clouds and back down in the sea where you belong’ -Being told to belong under the sea simply due to physical features, which are the barriers which prevent her from belonging where she wants too. ‘Have you lost your senses completely!? He’s a human, you’re a mermaid’ -Physical barriers which prevent her from belonging. Others: -Youngest of seven children, uneven number, showing the odd one out. -‘If you could just get the witch to give you back your voice you could go back with all the normal fish, and just be miserable for the rest of your life’ -Being individual, and not belonging leads to an unhappy life -‘Bright young woman, sick of swimming, ready to stand’ - Wanting human qualities, sick of not belonging. -Name: Ariel- meaning from above- juxtaposes the fact that she is under the sea, and

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