Friday, May 17, 2013


  1. Anonymous10:49 PM

    interesting story about The Little Mermaid... but something is wrong..... even though it is widely acknowledged that AnderdsEn (and not AndersOn!) was bisexual (if not fully homosexual) I find it hard to believe that he should have send a "letter" to anyone some 61 years after he died (Andersen died in 1875).
    The Little Mermaid is believed to have been influenced by the stories of Arabian Nights (as many other of Andersens fairytales btw), and basicly tells the moral (which Anderson so deeply believed in himself) that 1. Man is born with a set Destiny he cannot escape, no matter how hard he tries.; 2. One should accept ones place and position given, any attempt to change this devine order will end in a catastrophe - what is meant to be will happen.; and 3. One should always do as ones parents (the authorities say)... see the Mermaids mistake was to act upon pure emotion (love or even lust), she ignores the wisdom and the warnings of her parents and actually acts directly against her fathers orders. This of course has to lead to direct catastrophe, her death in the end. Andersen here also expresses his belief that equals play best. The relationship between the Mermaid and the human can´t Work because they are too different, not meant to be together.
    Andersen is palying with the same theme and also the same moral as Shakespeare is in the play "Romeo and Juliet", which of course ends in tragedy, because the two lovers do not listen to their parents and do as is expected.....
    It is only modern men, in modern time who by projecting our way of thinking and our modern perception of love and freedom and independence into the older stories, which indeed had and have a much different story to tell.
    As to the rebellious red-headed Ariel.... well yeah, why do so many prefer her? Firstly because it is their very "first contact" to the story of The Little Mermaid" and hence they percieve the Disneyversion as the "right" one.
    The Disneyversion is indeed the manifestation of our modern projections into older stories, Disney Studios made a remake (Andersons works are no longer under the protection of the copyright law), which truely Projects our modern way of seeing love, independence, freedom, relationship between father and daughter and last but not least also genderrole, hence the very independent and rebellious Ariel in the Disneyversion, which appleals to modern man (or should I say modern girls) as a rolemodel,- Anderson on the other hand wanted to show the Mermaid as a bad rolemodel.....

  2. I disagree with this comment. The Little Mermaid isn't a bad role model (Romeo and Juliet weren't bad role models either btw). She tries so hard, goes through many hardships, and gives up so much just to be with the one she loves. And yeah, in the end, she wasn't able to be with him, but at least she tried, which is more than most people can say. Even in the end, she is willing to sacrifice her life for him. Because of all this, she gets a soul.
    If this is really a story about her being a bad role model, then why did she get a soul in the end? Why didn't she kill the prince? And would she really have been better off having done nothing and never get a soul?
    I've always seen this story as inspirational, that we should all try our best, and that sometimes even that isn't enough, but it still doesn't mean we shouldn't try regardless.