Third article in three days? I have a life..heh...heh..ANYWAYS, I've heard multiple times people calling Elsa complex, but they usually don't give an argument to back that up, so I decided to write this! I've also heard a lot of complaints from Frozen haters asking how Elsa is so complex, so I'm writing this for that as well. Anyway let's get started! I hope you enjoy! :)
Characteristics of a Complex Character (gotten online):
1. He or she undergoes an important change as the plot unfolds.
2. The changes he or she experiences occur because of his or her actions or experiences in the story.
3. Changes in the character may be good or bad.
4. The character is highly developed and complex, meaning they have a variety of traits and different sides to their personality.
5. Some of their character traits may create conflict in the character.
6. He or she displays strengths, weaknesses, and a full range of emotions.
7. He or she has significant interactions with other characters.
8. He or she advances the plot or develops a major theme in the text.
Undergoes an Important Change as the Plot Unfolds
It's undeniable that Elsa goes through character development. At the beginning of the movie, she's such a scared, distant character. She doesn't accept who she is and keeps herself in isolation because of it. As the movie progresses, she has some bumps in the rode, but by the end she's a new person, but in a realistic way. She finally accepts herself and her powers and is a more open person.
Change Occurs Because of His/Her Actions or Experiences
Elsa's character development from distant and withdrawn to accepting and open occurs mostly from Anna's actions, but Elsa's play a role as well. If Elsa would've never frozen Anna's heart, she would've never hugged Anna and figured out that love was all she needed.
Changes in the Character Can Be Good or Bad
Although Elsa's main change is at the end of the movie, she also goes through a change earlier on. She changes in Let it Go, and then she also changed in the scene afterwards, when she's once again afraid of her powers. That change is for the worse, since she goes back on her word and starts to fear herself again. I think her change from accepting to not accepting is realistic, since it's impossible to do a complete 360 shift after just one song.
Variety of Traits and Different Sides
We can see that Elsa is mature, yet playful too, well-spoken and can keep a level head, yet can lose that level head too and get scared and nervous. Elsa also has a tough times facing her problems head on. She often runs away from them instead of seeking a solution. She's also very selfless, yet can be unintentionally selfish. She's quite elegant too, but can let her hair down and have a good time. She is also very sweet, but can get borderline aggressive when pushed.
Character Traits Create Conflict
Well, Elsa undeniably creates conflict. Her running away from her problems due to her lack of experience in dealing with things. Also, her aggression definitely creates conflict, since she nearly kills two men!
Displays Strengths, Weaknesses, and a Full Range of Emotions
In the movie, we see Elsa joyful, reserved, "letting it go", sad, scared, angry. We basically see every emotion possible on Elsa's face. We also undeniably see her strengths and weaknesses. We see how creative she is through building her ice sculpture, how she's well spoken and respected, but also we see the weaknesses that haunt Elsa in her everyday life. Her sadness, her fear.
Significant Interactions With Other Characters
Well, we see her with Anna, multiple times, with Hans, with the towns people (how she reacted when she was trying to escape, it was clear she doesn't like large crowds), the Duke (revealing that she doesn't like dancing), Olaf, her parents, and a bit of Kristoff, so I'd definitely say this is a "check".
Develops A Theme
Elsa is the main driver of one of the main themes of Frozen, accepting yourself for who you are. Elsa shows that you can go from hating who you are, being scared of yourself, sad with yourself, to becoming a new person. A happier person, a more content person. All and all, Elsa is definitely an amazing character, and definitely deserves the title of a "complex character".