The Little mermaid

The Little Mermaid, (the 1989 film), promotes a dominant narrative that women should sacrifice themselves and anything about them to adapt to a man’s needs. While Ariel is a confident female lead that sets herself apart from the rest by departing on adventures despite her obligations and restrictions as a mermaid, she still represents the dominant narrative when the prince comes into play. After falling for the powerful male character, she immediately focuses on doing anything possible to be with him, including giving up her own assets and life altogether.

One scene that feeds into my theme is “Poor Unfortunate Souls” starting at [43:42]. Ursula warns Ariel that if she chooses to become human and be with Prince Eric, she will never see her father and sisters again. Ariel takes a thought at it but impulsively decides to choose Prince Eric. She also decides to give up her voice for the man, barely thinking vigilantly.

2 thoughts on “The Little mermaid


    This did a really good job talking about the dominant narratives in the little mermaid. I feel like the movie is really sexist in a lot of ways and you and your group did a really good job

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    This is good. I agree with how it portrays women as their only motive being with a man and sacrificing everything for them. It’s a harmful show because many kids who watch it will see that it’s the only goal in a woman’s life.

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