The Little Mermaid
Original Tale - The Little Mermaid
Disney Films often show a fascination with teen love, as does much of our classical literature.
Children are always amazed to learn that the Shakespearean characters Romeo and Juliet were barely teenagers. At an age many young people have yet to have their first date, Romeo and Juliet fall in love, marry, and die.
What is our fascination with young love?
Cinderella is just a child, as is Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White. Wendy in Peter Pan also rides that fine line between child and woman.
Is it our need for innocent love, first love . . . purest when we are still young, and have yet to learn the harder truths of romance, love, and marriage, that makes these stories so appealing?
Is it cynical to suggest love can only be realized in the creative illusions of cinema and fiction?
Or does the very popularity of these romantic stories suggest there is in fact a love experience we all understand and can experience in our own lives?
Do you believe in romantic love?
What exactly is it, a temporary illusion to be enjoyed or the seeds of a life time of inner commitment and joy?
What counsel could you give a friend who is in love in a seemingly impossible romance as in the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet ?
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In the Story of Romeo and Juliet there is a suggestion of maternal bliss, a brief honeymoon for the couple before life's events seals their fate.
In each of Disney's films where love takes place there is a period of courtship as when the Beast grooms himself and seeks ways to win the heart of Belle.
At what age should a child be permitted to engage in such activities that will accent their sexuality. . .
such as wearing make-up?
. . .wearing flashy or risque clothing?. . .tattoos?. . . high heels?
Is the age different for boys and girls?
If you had teenage children, how would you regulate their sexual activities?
What is the responsibility of the parents in the sexual choices and options of their children?
How important is parental opinion in the choices you make concerning dating and marrying partners?
Is there a difference between who you date 'just for fun' and who you date as a potential 'life partner'?
If so, what are these differences?
At present a majority of marriages seemed to be doomed to failure? Has this always been the case, or are we seeing a change in the way people think about love and marriage?
Consider carefully how you feel about sex, love, and marriage. . .as the transition between childhood and parenting can happen literally over night. . . and once the deed is done. . . the choices get harder.
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