This is a series I'm starting, I did some research, I'm not gonna say I was 100% thorough, and tried my best with each princess. Some of them were easy, some were harder than others. I won't talk about Anna and Elsa because 1. I hate to say it but it's hard to pin Elsa anywhere and 2. The less princesses to write about, the easier for me. Let's go.
She was difficult because she shows aspect of water, fire and earth. Ultimately I went with the latter, Snow White is motherly, practical and the most grounded classic princess. She's doesn't have her mind in the clouds as much. Snow is very much a mother hen who sets rules that must be followed. She is firm but fair, innocent but mature and fun but diligent. Snow White thinks long term plans, sets goals for herself and does not rest until they are achieved. She values hard work and commitment. Snow is also very stubborn and set in her ways, she shall not moved. When talking about her love, she alludes to wedding bells, meaning she's interested in a long term relationship. Earth represents steady structure, Snow White enters the dwarfs' home and whips them into shape.
She was also somewhat difficult, showing traces of water, earth and air. She is hard working but she's far too dreamy to be earth. Cinderella is calm, dreamy, soft spoken and graceful. She moves down the channels nature made for her. Cinderella follows the paths that life chooses for her, not that she has much of a say in the matter. She will change course only when forced to. However, she remains calm and collected under these situations. Tides turn and waves form due to outside factors, Cinderella's actions are usually driven by external elements, when this happens, like water, she rushes. When the environment is settled she remains quiet and composed. Cinderella's a more cool laid back go with the flow type of person. The very essence of Water elements and what they represent.
She's even more of a Water element than Cinderella. Aurora is dreamy, romantic, regal, calm and sensitive, all traits associated with water. She carries herself with a stride similar to her element. There's also a sense of mystery and mysticism to her character which again has to do with water. Aurora goes with the flow and follows the stream formed for her. She's the prime example of a hopeless romantic and an endless dreamer. Aurora's very in touch with her feelings and as a result she's extremely overemotional. Water is considered a precious resource, throughout the film Aurora's well being is constantly the main source of conflict.
Of course it would be nice if she were water or at least air but alas she's Fire. Ariel is impulsive, determined, reckless and extremely passionate. She is lustful and flirtatious, which is common for Fire. She also likes to be dazzled and amazed, when she's not entertained, she's miserable and her flame burns out. Ariel enjoys taking risks and values fun, spontaneity and vibrancy. Ariel does what she want when she wants to. She doesn't let anything stand in her way and asserts herself greatly for her desires. Ariel is unpredictable and hard to tame, she throws caution to the wind and lives for the thrill of adventure. While she has good intentions, her actions can be dangerous and cause severe consequence, much like Fire. However, Ariel lights up the lives of those she touches.
Belle is intuitive, inquisitive and intellectual. Air is considered to be the most intellectual, the element of thinkers. Belle is smart, open minded and a free thinker. She's more easy going and clear headed. She wants more out of life but she's content where she is, as long as she has a book to escape to. Belle knows how to manipulate a conversation, capable of multitasking and prefers to be stimulated mentally. She refuses to be tied down by what society and people like Gaston expect of her, similar to how free winds cannot be contained. She's curious and analytical, nothing entices her more than intrigue but she's free spirited, wishing to expand her horizons. Belle is a young lady who values the power of the mind, being clear minded but also free minded.
She is very much the Fire element. Jasmine is vivacious, aggressive, seductive and hot tempered. Fire's are natural born leaders, Jasmine asserts her authority as a princess and wields her power as a woman. She is confident and sure of herself, she knows what she wants and is outspoken about her desires. Jasmine is rebellious and has no problem expressing her anger. She is stimulated by more spontaneous and bold romantic gestures. She's sultry and sensual. She demands respect where warranted and control over her own destiny. Jasmine is warm and inviting but blunt, like Fire, she is a beautiful sight but a danger when mistreated.
She was difficult, because she shows aspects of all four elements. Pocahontas is bold, wise and free minded but she's also very spiritual and dreamy. She's in tune with her feelings and surroundings, therefore she's very emotional and sensitive. She's graceful and gentle but also gloomy when upset. Pocahontas is constantly seeking guidance from outside elements to send her down the right path. She takes things to heart and prefers to go with the flow rather than being steady. Poca is possesses qualities of all elements but Water seems to fit her most, she stays fluid and leveled but not steady and firm like earth, she's stays on one course unlike air and she represents calmness and peace unlike fire. Pocahontas is fun loving but she enjoys being alone with her feelings and pays great attention to her dreams.
While Mulan shows signs of being an earth element, for the most part she's Air. This shines through in her way of thinking, Mulan is cunning, resourceful and level headed. She does not have a process but she's a very capable thinker. Mulan's ideas tend to be radical and outlandish but clever nonetheless, this indicates a free yet intelligent mind. She looks solely at the big picture and only deals with the details when she reaches them. Mulan does not respond well to being force into a role and is only confident when she is allowed to act and think freely. Only then can she come up with her best ideas and express herself. The other elements are more constant, Air is ever changing direction. Mulan has quite a few transformations throughout her journey.
She's a realist, practical and of course down to earth. Tiana is diligent, grounded and stubborn to a fault, a prime example of an Earth element. She values home and family, and holds those life lessons close to her heart. Tiana's responsible, ambitous and goal oriented. She has her life planned out and has her sights set firmly on her goals. Tiana is very mature, which is also associated with Earth. She's also a stick in the mud that hates to be dragged out of her comfort zone. She's rational and isn't into wishing. Tiana's feet are strictly planted on the ground and her head is nowhere near the clouds. She is very much Earth, the most grounded element.
She's another princess who has aspects of all four. In the end, she's Air. Rapunzel is carefree and simplistic, she's eager but not determined, she's free spirited but not rebellious. She's great at multitasking, her interests are vast and endless. Rapunzel is very adaptable and quite faceted so she's constantly changing direction easily, this is very much related to Air. She also goes through a transformation near the end of her journey. She values her freedom and has her head in the clouds. Though she's content with whatever her circumstance is but will still change her situation on her own accord. Rapunzel, like the Air, is full of life and brings joy where ever she goes. She spreads the love.
Merida's impulsive, headstrong, energetic, and aggressive. She asserts her independence and her right to do what she wants. Merida's wild, rebellious and she enjoys more high energy dangerous activities. She's very sure of what she wants and has no interest in even considering what others want for her. She is courageous and confident and shows some leadership skills near the end of the film. Merida's actions can be hurtful but beneficial nonetheless, just like Fire.
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