In their movie, Aladdin really loves and respects Jasmine.
I have seen that many people on Fanpop dislike Jasmine, or at least don't give her much credit. She happens to be my 2nd favorite princess, and I just love how confident and adventurous she is. Here I will explain why I like her and deliver on some common things said against Jasmine.
Here are my favorite things about Jasmine:
She always stands up for herself.
I love Jasmine's style- she always stands up for herself and what she believes in. I don't think she's rude, selfish or unappreciative- how would you feel if you were trapped your whole life and forced to marry a pompous jerk who doesn't care about you? She might not have to clean all day like Cinderella or Snow White, but Jasmine has issues too, and she decided to stand up for herself when she was being treated like property.
I can relate to this, because, although I love my mid-sized town, I often get bored of it, I long to see the world. Jasmine has it much worse, because she has been stuck in the palace her whole life! She wants to get out and see all there is to see, do all there is to do. Some may argue that she has everything, but she knows that she wants so much more than the riches of royalty.
As she said when she was pole vaulting over the roofs of Agrabah with Aladdin, Jasmine is a fast learner and thinker. She also figured out when he was lying to her by asking a smart question, and although it was quite disturbing and nasty, it was pretty clever for her to distract Jafar by seducing him. It's true, and Aladdin even admitted it (It's so cute when he's lovesick over her!)
She wears pants.
This is a no-brainer. And who could pull off those harem pants better than Jasmine?
Here are some commonly stated opinions against Jasmine:
"She is so rude to her father/Aladdin/everyone."
Like I said before, Jasmine was only standing up for herself after putting up with years of crud. How would you feel if you were in her position? She is just a little more feisty than some of the other princesses.
"She's hypocritical- she said she wasn't a prize to be won, and she let Aladdin treat her like a prize!"
This is just my opinion, but I think there's a difference there. When Aladdin tried so hard to get her, it was out of sheer love and respect for Jasmine. When he, the Sultan, and Jafar were fighting over who would marry her, that was not so respectful- each of them were trying to decide Jasmine's fate when obviously that was hers to decide. She had a right to put them in their place!
"Jasmine is stupid for thinking she could just give a little boy an apple without paying for it."
Well, she was locked up her whole life, what do you expect? She was just being kind, and that vendor may have overreacted a tad... just saying...
"Jasmine is ungrateful and spoiled."
Just because she lived in a palace doesn't make her life amazing. For heaven's sake, she was LOCKED UP in her palace! She had no freedom or real friends, but her heart longed for adventure. Maybe she didn't have to do grueling work all day, and maybe she didn't have any physical problems, but mental health is just as important and her life was just as bad as any other princess'.
I am not saying in any way that Jasmine has no flaws. She does. However, sometimes people degrade her in a way that forgets how cool she really is! (in my humble opinion, of course) Thanks for reading and please comment to tell me what you think!