History Literature / TheLittleMermaid

30th Mar '17 12:01:49 AM Mhazard
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It can be read online [[http://www.bygosh.com/hca/mermaid.htm here]].

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It can be read online [[http://www.bygosh.com/hca/mermaid.htm [[http://hca.gilead.org.il/li_merma.html here]].
15th Feb '17 12:11:33 PM Chariset
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Andersen revised the tale twice, first to change the sad ending to a bittersweet one ([[WordOfGod which he said he intended from the beginning]]), and then to make the ending have more of a moral to it adding that the little mermaid has become a "daughter of the air" and after 300 years of good deeds, can get an immortal soul and go to Heaven.

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Andersen revised the tale twice, first to change the sad ending to a bittersweet one ([[WordOfGod which he said he intended from the beginning]]), and then to make beginning]]) where the ending have more of a moral to it adding that the little mermaid has become becomes a "daughter of the air" and who, after 300 years of good deeds, can get will [[EarnYourHappyEnding earn an immortal soul and go to Heaven.
Heaven]]. He then revised it again with more of a moral, where good and obedient children can shorten her sentence but disobedient ones will make it longer.



** On the surface, it seems to say "[[LoveMakesYouDumb 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. 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.

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** On the surface, it seems to say "[[LoveMakesYouDumb 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. 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.



* AndIMustScream: You have sold your tongue and you feel like walking on blades every time you set a foot on ground without being able to complain about the pain. ''And the mermaid was said to be a gifted dancer. ''

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* AndIMustScream: You have sold your tongue and you feel like walking on blades every time you set a foot on ground without being able to complain about the pain. ''And the mermaid was said to be a gifted dancer. ''



* BecomeARealBoy: Mermaids live for three hundred years and then dissolve into sea foam, having no afterlife of any kind. The protagonist's ongoing wish, even prior to her falling in love with the prince, is to become a human and acquire an immortal soul though in many adaptations this is completely ignored in favor of emphasizing the love story.

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* BecomeARealBoy: Mermaids live for three hundred years and then dissolve into sea foam, having no afterlife of any kind. The protagonist's ongoing wish, even prior to her falling in love with the prince, is to become a human and acquire an immortal soul immortality, though in many adaptations this is completely ignored in favor of emphasizing the love story.



* 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.

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* 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.



* 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.

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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 every time 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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* 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]].soul]].



* 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.
* GodivaHair : When she wakes up on shore, the little mermaid is naked, so she wraps her long hair around herself.

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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. his at the cost of her own. She chose chooses the latter.
* GodivaHair : GodivaHair: When she wakes up on shore, the little mermaid is naked, so she wraps her long hair around herself.



** The mermaid's older sisters giving up their long, beautiful hair to the sea witch can be seen as a lesser example of this trope, too. In Hans Christian Andersen's time, a woman's beauty was her greatest treasure, and long, flowing hair was a vital trait of female beauty - for a woman to have short hair was socially unacceptable and utterly taboo. Thus, the sisters giving up their long hair was basically a sacrifice of all of their earthly beauty and femininity.
* {{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 - and inadvertently condemned the poor mermaid to death.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: The mermaid chooses to spare the prince and is finally fine that he's happy with another woman.
* LastSecondChance: If she wants her life spared, the mermaid has to kill the prince, or she will turn into foam.

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** The mermaid's older sisters giving up their long, beautiful hair to the sea witch can be seen as a lesser example of this trope, too. In Hans Christian Andersen's time, a woman's beauty was her greatest treasure, and long, flowing hair was a vital trait of female beauty - -- for a woman to have short hair was socially unacceptable and utterly taboo. Thus, the sisters giving up their long hair was basically a sacrifice of all of their earthly beauty and femininity.
* {{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 - -- and inadvertently condemned the poor mermaid to death.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: The mermaid chooses to spare the prince and is finally fine accepts that he's happy with another woman.
* LastSecondChance: If she wants her life spared, the The mermaid has to kill can save her own life, even after the prince, or prince marries another, if she will turn into foam.kills him on his wedding night.



* RescueRomance: Although with tragic consequences.
* 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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* RescueRomance: Although with tragic consequences.
Tragically in the case of the mermaid; the prince she rescues doesn't love her and instead falls for the girl he ''thinks'' was his rescuer.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: It's implied that the only reason the Little Mermaid does not dissolve into sea-foam at the end is [[spoiler:that that she refused to kill the prince. Killing him would have lost her her chance at an immortal soul forever]].forever.



* 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.

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* 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.



* 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.

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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, Sad, but not hopeless -- which could well be the point.
28th Dec '16 7:11:18 PM SerpentofSet
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* CessationOfExistence: Mermaids live longer than human but don't have an afterlife.

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* CessationOfExistence: Mermaids live longer than human humans but don't have an afterlife.
26th Nov '16 8:54:11 PM Heart
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* NamelessNarrative: Almost no one is referred to by name, just their titles.

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* NamelessNarrative: Almost no No one is referred to by name, just their titles.
26th Nov '16 8:47:18 PM Heart
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** The mermaid's older sister giving up their long, beautiful hair to the sea witch can be seen as a lesser example of this, too. In Hans Christian Andersen's time, a woman's beauty was her greatest treasure, and long, flowing hair was a vital trait of female beauty - for a woman to have short hair was utterly scandalous. Thus, the sisters giving up their long hair was basically a sacrifice of their earthly beauty and femininity.

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** The mermaid's older sister sisters giving up their long, beautiful hair to the sea witch can be seen as a lesser example of this, this trope, too. In Hans Christian Andersen's time, a woman's beauty was her greatest treasure, and long, flowing hair was a vital trait of female beauty - for a woman to have short hair was socially unacceptable and utterly scandalous. taboo. Thus, the sisters giving up their long hair was basically a sacrifice of all of their earthly beauty and femininity.
26th Nov '16 8:45:01 PM Heart
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** The mermaid's older sister giving up their long, beautiful hair to the sea witch can be seen as a lesser example of this, too. In Hans Christian Andersen's time, a woman's beauty was her greatest treasure, and long, flowing hair was a vital trait of female beauty - for a woman to have short hair was utterly scandalous. Thus, the sisters giving up their long hair was basically a sacrifice of their earthly beauty and femininity.
30th Oct '16 4:07:20 AM shamblingdead2
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* GodivaHair : When she wakes up on shore, the little mermaid is naked, so she wraps her long hair around herself.
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."
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