Growing Up

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Prof Martin
Children’s Literature 3370

Growing Up
In the original story of The Little Mermaid, by Hans Christian Andersen, the little mermaid wants to become something she is not. She wants to give up a lot to get something little. Through this process the little mermaid is trying to learn how to grow up. The little mermaid chooses to make a lot of decisions that a grown adult should be making from when she is young. In the Disney’s The Little Mermaid, the little mermaid comes across a lot of the same situations and finds herself having to make a lot of hard decisions that could change her life completely forever. Growing up is the meaning in this story because the little mermaid makes a lot of choices that have to do with being mature and grown up. She wants to be grown up in many aspects of her life from a young age.

Starting at a young age, all the little mermaid could think about was growing up. She was the youngest of all the siblings and could not wait to be older like her sisters. Since she was the youngest all of her sisters she would be the last one to be able to see the surface. This made her very jealous and anxious to reach the age when she would finally be allowed to adventure the wonderful unknown human land. Her sisters would tell all of their stories to her about their experiences at the surface and how magnificent it was up there. The little mermaid was amazed every time she heard a new story. She dreamed of what it would be like to go to the human surface. She wanted to live the life of the humans. Rushing her life was an understatement for her, she wanted to be fifteen right away. This was just the beginning of the little mermaid trying to rush her life and trying to grow up so early in her life. The Disney’s Little Mermaid does not portray this in the same way. Ariel, in the Disney’s The Little Mermaid was not so anxious about going to the surface; she was more anxious just about being about to live with the humans.

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