after hundreds of years
of retellings, of tragedy
of sacrifice, of true love
the little mermaid finally
finds an end to suffering
a twist in the tale
she marries her prince
she rises above the waves
but what awaits ariel
life of a mortal, of mankind's
absolute control over the world
abhorrent to her own kind
does she yearn for the deep ocean
does she long to return to its wisdom?
elle fait aspirer à l'océan
veut-elle à son retour d'un bleu profond?
by ninotaziz. all rights reserved.
While I understand that movie adaptation is required, I often miss the parts of folklore that was deleted from movies. For instance, the little mermaid's grandmother was such a force to be reckoned with in the fairytale. She dictated the rules for the princesses and wore 12 oysters on her tail rather than the customary six. And yet, she no longer existed in the movie.
I love legends and folklores from all over the world, and through this appreciation, learn to love the Malay Hikayat even more.