After watching The Little Mermaid, I realized something. Ariel is a hoarder. I say this because I have watched the show hoarders in so many ways she resembles some of the people that are on that show. She has an obsession with collecting things, she’s obsessed with somebody who’s from that world and her obsession has completely taken over her life. When threatened by her father, who destroys the things that are within her cavern, she runs off and makes agreement was Ursula in order to get to the world were all that stuff actually is.
Now I’m not saying that she’s crazy. But she is completely and utterly obsessed with human stuff. She abandons her family and ditches their performance to be with her stuff. Also, Ariel doesn’t seem to have a lot of friends. In fact she places herself and her friends in a lot of danger when she goes hunting for human things. Just look at the scene where she goes to the shipwreck and the shark goes after, flounder always gets eaten alive. This has likely happened before and there for people (merfolk) don’t want to be around her any more.
Now I know most people probably don’t see it this way and it wasn’t until I watched it as a grown up that I realized that there was just something really really off about this movie. This doesn’t mean that I don’t recommend the movie, it just means that there is a lot more there and there are much deeper issues than just some girl trying to find a boy to get married to. Ariel abandons her entire family in order to be with a guy. A human trinket that she’s looking for. She does this at her own peril when she visits Ursula. Ariel even sees what happens to the people that do not fulfill their contract with Ursula. Yet she still continues on and goes ahead and does it anyways. This shows a complete and utter disregard and a massive selfishness, which ends up with her father being turned into one of those little critters on the ground. Yes, everything turns out okay, but still. As I said already this is still a good movie, but the last time you watched it you likely were a kid.
Original source: Stories From Hans Anderson. E.S. Hardy, illustrator. Boston: DeWolfe, Fiske & Co. (1890)
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