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The Little Mermaid Book Vs Movie

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Commercial vs. Literary
“She laughed and danced with the thought of death in her heart” (Anderson). This quote from the short story of The Little Mermaid written by Hans Christian Andersen depicted a more gruesome and realistic view of the not so happily ever after. However, when the work was recreated into a film by the Disney Corporation the original gory details were not included to keep the fairy tale appropriate for children’s viewing. This transition has created a great separation between the original piece of literature and the new Disney film. Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of The Little Mermaid possesses certain qualities that define it as a literary work, whereas the Disney version was created solely for the commercial purposes of entertainment and profit. The two works are still closely related in some aspects as the Disney film was based off of the original fairy tale.
Both works of The Little Mermaid share the commonality of incorporating a central moral. In these two far fetched tales the audience can see a strong moral about taking a chance on something; specifically, the Little Mermaid or Ariel is risking it all for love. A quote from The Guardian online stated, “You shouldn’t have to change yourself to get your happy ending”; this lesson correlates with Hans Christian Andersen's version which forebodes the drastic consequences of the Little Mermaid’s tongue getting cut off in exchange for legs to meet her prince charming. This proves that taking
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An ending like is defined perfectly as a fairy tale or “a story in which improbable events lead to a happy ending” (“Merriam-Webster”). This stereotypical final scene leaves the audience pleased with the film because they received the happy ending they paid to
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