History Literature / TheLittleMermaid

20th Jun '16 2:05:43 AM PaulA
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--> '''Little Mermaid''': "But they hurt me so."
--> '''Grandmother''': "Pride must suffer pain."

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--> '''Little Mermaid''': "But -->'''Little Mermaid:''' But they hurt me so."
--> '''Grandmother''': "Pride
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'''Grandmother:''' Pride
must suffer pain."
20th Jun '16 2:04:53 AM PaulA
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* DealWithTheDevil: For an ordeal seeking the mere chance at ''gaining'' a soul, she gives up her centuries-long lifespan and her voice, while gaining human legs with extraordinary grace, but feel like she's ''walking on knives'', making her feet bleed everytime she dances. If she marries the prince, she'll gain a soul, but if he marries someone else, she'll die permanently.
* DiedHappilyEverAfter: The "good" ending is like this. When she refuses to kill the prince to regain her life as a mermaid, she instead becomes a spirit of the air, watching over children and waiting to gain a soul and go to heaven. (Well, at least it's better than the "she becomes sea-foam, eternally kissing the hull of the prince's ship" ending.) The ending is meant to be happy because mermaids naturally have no souls -- by sacrificing herself instead of her prince, the mermaid earned the right to [[EarnYourHappyEnding win her own happy ending]].


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* SecretTestOfCharacter: It's implied that the only reason the Little Mermaid does not dissolve into sea-foam at the end is [[spoiler:that she refused to kill the prince. Killing him would have lost her her chance at an immortal soul forever]].


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* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: The innocent and sweet mermaid who sacrifices her undersea life for love ends up giving up the boy she loves and sacrificing herself instead. However, the story makes it clear throughout that she doesn't have a soul -- and upon her death, she is given a purgatorial afterlife where she might, with hard work and dedication, win a soul and go to heaven. So after her death, she begins to work her way up to Too Good For This Sinful Earth. Depressing, but not hopeless -- which could well be the point.
29th Mar '16 10:02:52 PM TrendingToon1
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* HeroicSacrifice: The mermaid is given the chance to kill the prince so she can continue her life, but she is unable to do so and dies herself in return.



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15th Aug '15 1:05:32 PM spydre
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* ValuesDissonance: Modern readers often have trouble with the story's moral of "Even heathen can reach salvation if they suffer enough."
15th Aug '15 1:04:53 PM spydre
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* ValuesDissonance: Modern readers often have trouble with the story's moral of "Even heathen can reach salvation if they suffer enough."
1st Jul '15 3:39:42 PM Generality
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* SolitarySorceress: The Sea Witch lives by herself in a dangerous part of the ocean. Unlike in the [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Disney adaptation]], here, she's a TrueNeutral character who tells the mermaid about every negative consequence her spell has.
30th Jun '15 9:42:54 AM watchfullkittycat32
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* FashionHurts: The Little Mermaid had oysters attached to her tail by her grandmother to show her great rank.
--> '''Little Mermaid''': "But they hurt me so."
--> '''Grandmother''': "Pride must suffer pain."
20th May '15 3:12:04 AM PRH
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* AnAesop: The latest ending makes the good deeds time adjust depending on whether children are being good or bad, with more time off for good behavior than time added for bad behavior.
** In the story itself, it seems to say "don't give up your life for love", as the Little Mermaid, who could swim around, do as she pleased, and live for 300 years under the sea, gave it all up because she fell in love and ended up dying because the prince loved someone else.

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* AnAesop: The latest ending makes AnAesop:
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the good deeds time adjust depending on whether children are being good or bad, with more time off for good behavior than time added for bad behavior.
** In the story itself,
surface, it seems to say "don't "[[LoveMakesYouDumb don't give up your life for love", love]]", as the Little Mermaid, who could swim around, do as she pleased, and live for 300 years under the sea, gave it all up because she fell in love and ended up dying because the prince loved someone else.else. However, since the reward for the path the Mermaid has taken is no less than an eternal life in heaven, it turns out that the message is quite the opposite - LoveRedeems, and the classic Christian theme of redemption through ordeal is unmistakable throughout the entire story.
** The latest ending makes the good deeds time adjust depending on whether children are being good or bad, with more time off for good behavior than time added for bad behavior.



* BittersweetEnding: The Little Mermaid can gain an immortal soul after doing about 300 years of good deeds.

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* BittersweetEnding: The Little Mermaid can gain an immortal soul mermaid is given a choice to kill the prince and return home or not and turn to sea foam. She chooses the latter. However, after doing about 300 years of good deeds.deeds she can gain an immortal soul and go to heaven.



* DownerEnding: The mermaid is given a choice to kill the prince and return home or not and turn to sea foam. She chooses the latter.
10th Apr '15 7:18:15 PM nombretomado
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The story has been adapted several times, from ballets, to musicals, to the the 1989 hit DisneyAnimatedCanon film, ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''. The Disney version changed the ending to a HappilyEverAfter one, and several [[LostInImitation subsequent adaptations]] have followed suit.

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The story has been adapted several times, from ballets, to musicals, to the the 1989 hit DisneyAnimatedCanon Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon film, ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''. The Disney version changed the ending to a HappilyEverAfter one, and several [[LostInImitation subsequent adaptations]] have followed suit.
7th Oct '14 7:32:16 PM watchfullkittycat32
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** In the story itself, it seems to say "don't give up your life for love."

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** In the story itself, it seems to say "don't give up your life for love."love", as the Little Mermaid, who could swim around, do as she pleased, and live for 300 years under the sea, gave it all up because she fell in love and ended up dying because the prince loved someone else.
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