‘Brave’…Brilliantly Written…an Overdue, Alternate Ending to Prince Charming

braveI don’t really know why I’m writing about this topic…could it be because the writing for “Brave” was so exceptional?...filled with double entendre like the Mama Bear fighting to protect her ‘cubs‘.  Once in awhile I enjoy a good Disney animated film. And I hadn’t seen the advances of animation in a long time, so I rented ‘Brave’.

We all know the timeless, underlying theme, the girl is looking for her Prince Charming.  Her Prince finds her, usually rescues her and they live happily ever after. Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Snow White, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, Robin Hood, The Little Mermaid, the list goes on and on.

God knows that’s how I was raised; that my Prince Charming would come someday and I too would live happily ever after.  After all, when all was said and done, every movie (in my days of growing up)  had an underlying story with this result and girls of my decade pretty much sat back and waited for HIM.  Now, fifty  years later and three husbands ago, I finally achieved some wisdom and the fact is there are NO Prince Charmings  and all three men that I married were just as human as I was. What a huge expectation I put on them!

Now to my real point:  In Disney’s ‘BRAVE’, Merida is the impetuous daughter of King Fergus and Queen Elinor. Determined to carve her own path in brave2life, Merida defies an age-old custom of being married off to one of the Princes of the clans.  She fights tooth and nail to remain free and make her own choices.

But it’s the ending that I applaud author, Brenda Chapman, and Disney for.  Being of my generation, I really expected a Prince, or at least a handsome clansman, to arrive and save her.  But, no!  Merida and her mother win the day!  And the story ends with Merida still single and without a man, to pursue her dreams and her goals.  WHAT AN AWESOME MESSAGE TO OUR GIRLS COMING UP!!!

As a writer, I work very hard to give my readers a surprise or two.  Predictability is not a good thing in a writer.  And that’s why I so admired the writing in “Brave”.

 

Mama bear, Merida, Brave, Disney

 

 

 

 

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