The Little Mermaid

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The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Anderson can be portrayed as both a feminist and antifeminist film. The Little Mermaid is seen as feminist film through ariel because of her actions and the way she is represented. The same factors illustrate this film to be antifeminist. Firstly, The little mermaid is seen as feminist movie by some through the leading lady, Ariel. Most Disney princesses have fallen into the role of a dutiful daughter, however Ariel breaks through that category and becomes her own. For example, Ariel signs a document agreeing to have legs for three days and in order to stay that way she must get the prince to fall in love with her. This example is illustrating how Ariel is disobeying her father by turning into a human. Ariel is seen as rebellious. Secondly, many people believe that the little mermaid is sexist because Ariel gave up her voice to be with a man, or did she. Some can argue that Ariel gave up her voice as an expression of independence from her underwater life. For example, Ariel falls in love-at-first-sight with a human, Prince Eric, and rescues him from a burning ship. This drives her father into a rage, so Ariel turns to the one person who offers her a real chance to live in the human world. Ariel is a revolutionary. She’s an unapologetic rebel with her own feelings and desires which separates her from other princesses such as Cinderella, Snow white and Sleeping beauty. Thirdly, Ariel and her crush Prince Eric. Ariel is a sixteen year old girl who is bad at making good decisions about love. Also, Why doesn’t Prince Eric marry her soon of the bat? This is because he fell in love with her voice not her looks and without voice there is no personality. So Prince Eric fell in love with Ariel not just because of her looks which is a good thing. Furthermore, he flat-out says he believes that Ariel lost her voice as a part of some
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