The Mermaid And Disney 's The Little Mermaid

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Michele M. Burns
Professor Cipri
Imaginative Literature
30 April 2013
Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid” vs. Disney’s The Little Mermaid:
The Struggle to Find Sexuality Walt Disney’s movies have been thrilling young children, most especially young girls, around the world for years. One specific movie, The Little Mermaid, had young girls wanting to be just like Ariel and buying any paraphernalia they could after the movie came out. But have you ever wondered where these stories have come from? Or why they always end with a “happily ever after”? The famous, Danish, children’s writer Hans Christian Andersen is the father of the tale of “The Little Mermaid”. Andersen’s original is quite different than Walt Disney’s “happily ever after” tale. With differences in imagery, theme, and storyline in Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid” and Walt Disney’s The Little Mermaid, there is a lot to be said for Andersen’s emphasis on the female character of the Little Mermaid as well as her struggle in finding her sexuality through various different events and aspects of her life. Andersen’s tale begins with the background of the Little Mermaid’s life and family. There seems to be a sort of emphasis on her and her sisters’ lack of a mother, but rather a grandmother who stands in as mother as well as a sea king as a father. The lack of a mother is a key part in the growing and maturity of the princess herself. Finn Hauberg Mortensen, a Danish scholar, says in his criticism “The Little Mermaid: Icon
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