Welcome back to our series of the amazing lessons that we learn from the Disney Princesses. This week is part 3, so look back on the past weeks to read about Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora (Part 1), Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan and Tiana (Part 2).
RAPUNZEL – There is More Than What Meets the Eye
Before Elsa, Rapunzel was everyone’s favorite princess. She teaches girls to dream, to be kind, and is a very relatable princess. She is conflicted, adorable, and a bit naїve, just like we all are. However, an amazing lesson that she teaches each of us is that there is always more than meets the eye. Let’s start with Rapunzel herself. She is locked away in a tower, and while she seems to be just a girl with really long hair, it actually glows when she sings. On top of that, she is the lost princess. She teams up with Flynn Ryder, who to everyone else is a suave, but dangerous criminal, but to her, she sees Eugene Fitzherbert, the orphan with a kind heart. In Maximus, she sees the sweet, underappreciated horse, in each of the Ruffians and Thugs, she sees dreamers and “lovely folks.” Unfortunately, we learn that the opposite happens too. We sometimes see people who seem to be loving, and caring, but turn into selfish, abusive individuals, like Mother Gothel.
Our previous post was about the things we learn from Princesses Snow White, Cinderella, and Aurora. If you missed it click here to read it!
Today we continue forward with Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, and Mulan.
ARIEL – Be Curious
Ariel is one curious princess. She explores sunken ships, visits the surface, and talks to seagulls to learn more about the human world. She collects things to help her learn more about the world above. And yes, this curiosity causes her to fall in love. Her love for Prince Eric causes her to act in drastic measures, selling her voice to the sea witch to finally visit the world she has longed to be a part of her whole life. To her, three days is a dream come true. She meets Prince Eric, and he eventually falls in love with her (after a few days, a close call with the sea witch). Her marriage to the prince tore down her father’s prejudice for the human species, and united the humans and mermaids. None of this would have happened if she didn’t want to know more.
Disney princesses have gotten a lot of flack lately for all of the negative things they teach girls. I for one, believe the opposite is true. I believe that we learn a lot from these princesses. They have spunk, courage, beauty, kindness, and manage to save the day and solve problems when it seems like all hope is lost. I for one love the Disney Princesses and what they teach us to be. Each one has a unique take on the world, and while I cannot possibly write everything we learn from them, I have taken one point from each princess that I believe is worth sharing.