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18th Jul '16 8:56:57 PM TrendingToon1
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* FriendOrIdolDecision: The mermaid has the choice to either kill the prince and spare her life, or spare his, but die herself. She chose the latter.
15th Jul '16 1:23:22 AM Heart
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* AllLoveIsUnrequited: The mermaid loves the prince. The prince loves another woman.



* CurseEscapeClause: The mermaid's older sisters trade their beautiful hair to the sea witch, in exchange for a chance to break the spell before it kills her - if she plunges a magical knife into his heart and wets her feet with his blood, she will become a mermaid again and survive. She decides not to take it, though.



** Subverted, though, in that the "deal" was more or less an honest business transaction. The sea witch with whom she made the deal has no malevolent intentions; she clearly informs her of all the possible consequences beforehand, and later helps her sisters to try to save her.



* {{Irony}}: The Little Mermaid saved the prince, but left before he could see her. He actually fell in love with a girl at a nearby temple who helped him, who later turned out to be a princess from a neighboring kingdom.

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* {{Irony}}: The Little Mermaid saved the prince, but left before he could see her. He actually fell in love with a girl at a nearby temple who helped him, who later turned out to be a princess from a neighboring kingdom.kingdom - and inadvertently condemned the poor mermaid to death.



* TakeAThirdOption: Either the prince must marry the mermaid, or she will die at the next sunrise if he marries another woman. With the sea witch's help, her sisters try to give her an option that will save her - but it would involve killing the prince, so she doesn't take it.



* TongueTrauma: The Little Mermaid trades her tongue as part of the deal.

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* TongueTrauma: The Little Mermaid trades has her tongue cut out by the sea witch as part of the deal.


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* TraumaticHaircut: The mermaid's older sisters have their long, beautiful hair shorn off by the sea witch as payment for a chance to save their little sister.
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.
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