Ariel and her Aspirations

[A] particular scene in the film has always struck me as exceptionally intriguing in terms of wording as well as offered an additional insight into how Ariel approaches her personal goals, what she aspires to get from life and relationships (and it’s not random that the following musical number is the reprise of her defining “Part of that World” song).

“What would I give to live where you are, what would I pay to stay here beside you”

Note how she isn’t saying “what would I give to be with you” or “what would I do to make you love me”. Her goal of living on land, being around people, socializing and communicating with them (“ask them my questions and get some answers”) without the fear that her oppressive father literally destroys her efforts and work has not changed just because she found herself interested in Eric romantically.



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