Analysis Of ' The Little Mermaid '

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This story is not so fairytale-like if we realize that the “magical element” is actually an unplanned cause for the little mermaid 's death. There is dramatic irony in this excerpt, which leads to the unlikely fairytale ending. The fairytale can also be called a parody of conventional fairytales hidden as one itself. In an essay by Vladimir Propp, he explains how when the ending turns out to be tragic, the expectations of the readers are reversed (Propp 79). The parody and irony led to a somewhat of a contradiction between a fairytale and a sad love story. However, the difference between a traditional fairytale and the little mermaid 's ending, I believe allows for a sense of tragedy for the readers. Andersen’s, "The Little Mermaid" title might have hid as a children’s story, but the context is written more for adults. In the article written by Lauren Duca, Duca explains how Disney’s adaptation was made in a different light. Disney’s writers wanted children to view adventures in a positive light and allow for children to go off the beaten path. “These films are almost a right of passage. It’s a way for kids to process difficult things in the world. There are always light moments along with the dark. To me, it’s sort of a nice contrast” (Duca). The reworking of the story changed the end to make the story more children appropriate. In the original stories ending, the main character receives no love, and this lack of development can upset children, because all children want to

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