While on Fanpop and theguywiththeglasses (specifically the Nostalgia Chick), I've noticed something that puzzles me. People can actually hate Ariel? Is there anyone on here like that? I know there are character flaws (stubbornness, not very diligent), but to actually hate her? One of the things they keep bringing up is that she "abandoned her family for a man". I'm pretty sure she wanted to be human before she met Eric. And even when she was with Ursula she said, "If I become human, I'll never be with my father or sisters again." I know it really didn't take much (probably should add gullible to that character flaws list), but she did get used by Ursula. Ursula even says "Now I got her, boys" during "Poor Unfortunate Souls". And granted, she does do some pretty dumb things during the series and has to have her dad rescue her half of the time during the series. Then again most of those conflicts are because Triton, who Ariel gets her stubbornness from, insists something is dangerous (anything human, Stormy the seahorse) and Ariel stubbornly believes he's wrong and tries to prove it to him. However, I will concede ONE thing- she hardly even knew Eric. They both got lucky they met the right person. Of course, TLM isn't the only Disney fairy tale movie guilty of this- Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin, possibly Princess and the Frog, Belle is the only princess who actually spent any time to really get to know her prince/guy pretending to be a prince. What do you think? Are they really justified in this harsh criticism? She does some pretty dumb things, but who hasn't when they were 16? And anyone who says they never did anything really dumb when they were around that age either hasn't reached that age yet or is lying.
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