20 February 2017
Fairytale Weekly Writing
What do you think of when you hear the word “mermaid”? Today, we characterize mermaids as gorgeous, happy, and energetic creatures, because of the movie The Little Mermaid that a majority of people have seen or heard about. The Little Mermaid is a well-known fairytale, which is a children’s story about magical and imaginary beings and lands. Being a fairytale, The Little Mermaid contains many Greek mythological connections in order to create a lasting cultural impression.
The concept of mermaids began when the Syrian goddess Ashtarte, decided to jumped into the sea due to her wish to become a fish. However, the sea deemed her too beautiful to be turned in a fish, therefore it gave her the tail of a fish from the waste down, allowing her beauty to still be exceedingly evident. The main character in The Little Mermaid is Ariel, who is a Disney princess. She is portrayed as a glorious hero who undergoes many obstacles and succeeds in escaping the world under the sea in order to find her true love. Ariel is a character who shaped the way that many people today view mermaids.
Many of the gods in the fairytale The Little Mermaid are derived from the Greek gods. Ashtarte is the Syrian goddess equivalent to the Greek goddess Aphrodite. Aerial is the princess of the sea, as...