The Little Enabled/Narcissistic Mermaid.

I just finished re-watching The Little Mermaid for the first time in years and was struck by something I never noticed as a child.

I never realised that even though the whole plot is set into motion by Ariel’s stupid/immature/rash actions, she doesn’t have to learn anything to get her inevitable happy ending.

She gets her happy ending entirely due to the sacrifices of others: Triton sacrifices himself to save her, and then Eric makes what looks to be a suicide run to kill Ursula.

*And* she crashed the car?

The message the movie imparts is; “Do whatever you want, and if you fuck up, your loved ones will bend over backwards to fix it without you having to do or learn anything.”

13 thoughts on “The Little Enabled/Narcissistic Mermaid.

  1. Ha! Your Dad sounds like a wise man.

    The most baffling part of the film is that after all the drama Ariel caused, Triton capitulates in the finale and gives Ariel human legs.

    Did your father end up giving you human legs?

  2. Interesting observation…
    What annoys me, though, is that very often female ‘heroines’ are consigned to achieving their feats solely by means of personal sacrifice and enduring hardship, rather than by taking affirmative action.
    I think this ‘passive’ female approach format is slowly starting to change. I’m hoping 🙂

    1. In turn, that is an interesting observation. Nice, I like that.
      I’d love to hear the differentiation between personal sacrifice, enduring hardship and taking affirmative action.

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