The Little Mermaid Society Essay

1088 WordsSep 28, 20175 Pages
Woman of the Society In the film The Little Mermaid by John Musker and Ron Clements, a theme that continually portrays itself is how woman are seen in society. In this film, women are defined by their appearance instead of their inner-self or personality by men and women. It also displays that woman are not treated fair. This is expressed in the film through multiple song lyrics and scenes. Ariel, the little mermaid, experiences many occasions where woman in a society are seen differently than men. In the film, Ariel was given an option to live under the sea and live life under the rule of her father, or be on land with her Prince Eric. Although this is clearly not laid out, a man figure is always above Ariel and could convey an idea that…show more content…
The line in this song says, “There is one way to ask her. It don 't take a word. Not a single word. Go on and kiss the girl." (Clements, Musker). This piece takes place when animals around them is asking Eric to kiss Ariel, but the lyrics state it doesn’t take a single word, so it can reveal an idea that if both the characters are in love than Eric should kiss Ariel without consent. Acting without consent is not acceptable because what if Ariel was not on the same page as Eric. This exact scenario can occur in real life where a male can do something that a female didn’t provide consent to. Another part of the movie that provides sufficient evidence that a woman’s appearance is all that matters is also stated in the song “Poor Unfortunate Souls” and the concept of what makes a “good” or “bad” woman. For instance, when Ursula begins singing “Poor Unfortunate Souls”, it says, "You 'll have your looks, your pretty face. And don 't underestimate the importance of body language. The men up there don 't like a lot of blabber. They think a girl who gossips is a bore!” (Clements, Musker). The lyrics state that men in the society are not a fond of women who talk but appreciate looks and that if Ariel were to lose her voice it won’t matter. This is important because a woman’s value should not rely on their looks. When the character Ursula is introduced there is a clear distinction of what makes a woman “good” or “bad”. In this case, a “good” woman
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