The original story of the little mermaid is that she must kill the prince in order to be human, and in the end, she loves him too much and kills herself instead.
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Ok, ok - important expansion: she only has to kill the Prince because the deal was if he fell in love with her she could be human forever, and he didn’t. By which I mean, he was a good person and genuinely nice to her, but he didn’t fall in love. He fell in love with someone else, also perfectly nice - not the seawitch in disguise, fu Disney. The Mermaid is told she can only return to the sea now if she kills the Prince. She goes into the room where he and his lover lie sleeping and they look so beautiful and happy together that she can’t do it.
That’s why she kills herself. And because it was a noble act she returns to sea as foam.
One moral of the story was that women shouldn’t fundamentally change who they are for love of a man, and in theory Han Christian Anderson wrote it for a ballerina with whom he fell in love. She was marrying someone else who wouldn’t let her dance.
^ partially correct.
Through the story there are a few things that happen that convey the willingness of someone to transcend the walls of “gender appropriate” so as to make it universal. It’s not just a lesson for women, but all humans. Don’t change who you are to make someone you love like you. If it doesn’t work out, be happy for them and move on.
Also, it is more widely speculated that Andersen wrote the story for a man, Edward Collvin, whom he fell in love with. I think the statement in his letter was along the lines of “my sentiments for you have the femininity of a woman, and this, they must remain a mystery” which, would be echoed in The Little Mermaid by the fact that the mermaid’s feelings were never fully conveyed and in the open to their true extent, but remained a mystery that would be carried away by the sea foam.
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I don’t understand, it’s just a dude running with some musi—/SCREAMING
I SPAT EVERYWHERE
I STARTED HYPERVENTILATING OH MY GOD SOMEONE HELP ME
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Angelina Jolie had a double mastectomy, in case you hadn’t heard. How dare she remove those ticking time bombs from her chest, amiright? Like, hasn’t she learned by now that her body is public domain and we all get to vote on what she does with it? Sheesh, how selfish can ya get.