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Why are Disney princesses so young? (need answers)

I haven't watched Disney in years, probably last time was when I was 9 yrs old (im 19 now). I didn't really pay much attention to most of the details of the movie because te know what kids are paying attention at. So I watched The Little Mermaid cuz I was bored as f*** and ran out of Anime to watch. During a scene where Ariel was arguing about her dad and she detto something that I haven't played attention when I was a kid, Ariel is 16 years old?!? I was like WTF!! Ok? I also forgot how the story went so I just let it slip by. Then the story went and got married at 16...wut, but then I remember about there was another movie Little Mermaid II o something where Ariel has a 12 yr old daughter? She....16..... I was like WAT!!!!!!! Ok can some one explain is? Don't hate me for this also sorry for the long details. I'll give props to good answers. Also I heard there are princesses way younger too.
 Mafia_Crip posted più di un anno fa
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Tygers_Eye said:
She lives in an era where people grew up faster. In ye olden tymes, people were considered adults as early as 13-14. Young girls were considered of marriageable age as soon as they started menstruating, and often got married and started families accordingly. Because people's lives were harder and shorter, 16 back then was the early to mid-twenties of today.

Plus, The Little Mermaid is a coming-of-age story. Ariel is transitioning between childhood and adulthood, as she rebels against her father's rules, pursues her dreams, falls in love, and ultimately becomes an adult. Sixteen is the perfect age to do it because 16 is the age when kids start to gain independence in our current culture. 16-year-olds are young enough that their parents often still see them and treat them like children, but old enough that they start gaining più emotional, physical, and legal independence (being able to drive and so on). 16 is the perfect age for Ariel's "transition from childhood under her father's thumb to adulthood with the man she wants to share her life with" story.
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Ok, good explanation.
Mafia_Crip posted più di un anno fa
lionkingartist said:
Yeah she was really young but at least Eric was only 18 and not like an old man o something!And as for the sequel a few years had passed te can tell because platessa, passera pianuzza is old!The youngest princess is Snow White she was 14.Then it's gelsomino who is 15.Aurora,and Ariel are both 16 and also maybe rapunzel but I'm not sure.Im also not completely certain about Mulan but I think she was 17 so is Belle.Cinderella and Tiana are the oldest at 19.Thats all of the princesses I know.I hope that helped! :-)
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Rapunzel turns 18 during the movie.
Renarimae posted più di un anno fa
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Also Anna is 18 and Elsa is 21.
FlightofFantasy posted più di un anno fa
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Well, Elsa also loudly berates Anna for falling in Amore easily, da complaining that she's not supposed to marry that young and with people she just met. A good "Take that!" to the other princesses
qzmaster591 posted più di un anno fa
Silverrose1991 said:
Well, they are teenagers so they can be più relatable to young girls yet still can be looked up da them as role models, that's my guess. To be fair, we don't know if Ariel married Eric at the age of sixteen: they never specified the time that passed between the baciare at the spiaggia and the wedding. It could have been a couple of years, for all we know, though I believe it was just some months. But sixteen isn't an unusual age for marriage, especially in fairy tales.

And yes, there are princesses younger than Ariel: Snow White is 14 and gelsomino is 15.
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qzmaster591 said:
Behind every Disney Princess tale there's a fable. The original timeframe for their stories as such ranges anywhere from Ancient Greece (Hercules) to the XIX century (The Little Mermaid).

In those times life was far shorter than it's now, and as such people married ridicolously young, since they believed to have only a few years to grow a family.

Furthermore, most fables are "coming of age" stories, set those too in ancient times.

Where the male lead, the prince, was supposed to become an adult da doing something heroic and taking his place on the throne, thus simbolizing the young boy who stops playing and dreaming what he'd like do be as an adult and takes his rightful role among the "grown ups", the female lead in those times was supposed to realize herself da marriage.

A big exception is made for Ariel: in the original Andersen story Ariel was supposed to fail, having the prince (nameless in the original story, as nameless was she) marry another girl, chosen da his still living parents, and getting the Little Mermaid die of heartache and the side-effects of the curse turning her human and be reborn as a "spirit of the air", guardian of the good children of the world.

Ariel was a negative (but still close to Andersen) character, simbolizing the risk of giving free rein to instincts and passion, and the "rightful bride" was the positive character, simbolizing the pure Amore one could find in marriage.

Disney gave her another spin: she became a spunky and rebellious teen who truly desired to get out an oppressive household and see the world, she got her "true love" along the way and she ended up like the other girls in those less illuminated day, becoming a mother fairly soon, but at least landing with a good husband and a nice daughter.

Mostly every other Disney Princesses, save for Tiana and Elsa maybe, are teens.
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