01 July 2012

Ariel, A Challenge


Ariel did not live happily ever after with the prince. That is Disney revisionism of the poor little mermaid. The prince mistakes his bride-to-be princess as his savior when he was lost at sea and Ariel stands by and does nothing. The prince even tells Ariel, "You will rejoice at my happiness; for your devotion to me is great and sincere." She watches his night time wedding and when the bride and groom kiss, she knows at first light, she will be dead.

Her sisters have sacrificed their hair to give Ariel the opportunity to return to the ocean as a mermaid. The octopus witch has given the sisters a magical dagger in exchange for their beautiful hair. In order to redeem herself from her previous agreement with the octopus witch, Ariel must stab the prince in the heart and with the blood put on her human feet, she would be transformed back into a mermaid to live out her three hundred years 'under the sea.'

But Ariel does not do that. She entered the marital tent on that ship to look one last time at the now married couple sleeping in a conjugal embrace and as dawn appeared, she threw herself overboard into the sea and became sea-foam, which had been her agreement with the octopus witch. In her new and unfamiliar state she asks aloud, Where am I?

The surrounding sea foam answered: "Among the daughters of the air. A mermaid has not an immortal soul, nor can she obtain one unless she wins the love of a human being. On the power of another hangs her eternal destiny. But the daughters of the air, although they do not possess an immortal soul, can, by their good deeds, procure one for themselves. We fly to warm countries, and cool the sultry air that destroys mankind with the pestilence. We carry the perfume of the flowers to spread health and restoration. After we have striven for three hundred years to all the good in our power, we receive an immortal soul and take part in the happiness of mankind. You, poor little mermaid, have tried with your whole heart to do as we are doing; you have suffered and endured and raised yourself to the spirit-world by your good deeds; and now, by striving for three hundred years in the same way, you may obtain an immortal soul

After three hundred years, thus shall we float into the kingdom of heaven. And we may even get there sooner,” whispered one of her companions. “Unseen we can enter the houses of men, where there are children, and for every day on which we find a good child, who is the joy of his parents and deserves their love, our time of probation is shortened. The child does not know, when we fly through the room, that we smile with joy at his good conduct, for we can count one year less of our three hundred years. But when we see a naughty or a wicked child, we shed tears of sorrow, and for every tear a day is added to our time of trial!


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9 comments:

  1. The story of the little mermaid is really one of the saddest story I've ever heard. Being transformed into a sea foam after being brokenhearted sounds really frustrating.

    But the Disney version will always be one of the best movie ever created

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  2. I love this story better..Wala lang. Who'd have known that Hans Christian Anderson had an emo soul.

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  3. LJ: yes, it is the hagiography of a transgender.

    rei: you may want to reconsider Andersen. all of his stories have a high level of darkness and unresolved conflict with the feminine!

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  4. I used to think that being sea foam was just sad but then I guess there is some beauty to striving for 300 years for immortality.

    I love how I can see your passions coming alive with this post. Your desire to enlighten, your ideals of beauty, I see them so clearly.

    What I'd love more is if I saw more of the LOF I've gotten used to. Where are you in all of this? How does this relate to you? Or were you simply reporting something that you found interesting?

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  5. when the journalistic reporting comes out, then you really know something is up.

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    1. I was afraid of that.. so LOF, what circumstance has cast you into spongebob territory? and do you really buy that 300 years into heaven angle? I didn't figure you as the passive sufferer type. :p

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    2. or 30 days as the case may be. i think when i got the idea and wrote it i was in a different place and i really enjoyed the contributions this month which makes this, to the trained eye, all the more a literary tantrum.

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    3. I wouldn't call it a literary tantrum but that's just me. haha

      I was fascinated by your fascination (redundant?) with Aurora. I was chatting with LJ about Maleficent etc etc.. can't wait to see the movie!

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  6. When I first read the 'original' version, I did not welcome the tragic ending. And I was fourth grade then. Damn, I'm one sappy kid.

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