Transcendentalism in Disney by:Isabella de la torre


"But every once in a while, there's a day when I don't have to be a princess. No lessons, no expectations. A day where anything can happen. A day I can change my fate"
"Why should we live with such hurry and waste of life?... Men say that a stitch in time saves nine, and so they take a thousand stitches today to save nine tomorrow”-Walden, Henry David Thoreau

Merida is the next in line for the thrown and before any princess in disney can become a huge success she needs a prince by her side. The movie shows the struggle she goes to break the very strict rules in the kingdom,but she is not going to give up without fighting.Throughout her movie from 2012, she fights her mother because she does not want to settle down yet and feels not ready to take a huge responsibility. Eventually she does change the rules and shows she is truly brave with all the craziness that went throught the movie. She had stated "But every once in a while, there's a day when I don't have to be a princess. No lessons, no expectations. A day where anything can happen. A day I can change my fate". It relates to the quote above saying that people want time to enjoy life and not go by rules all the time,it support the nonconformity in Transcedentalism.The creators of her movie Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman wanted her to be a bit rebelous so her story line is disobeying the ancient rules and having nonconformity which means failure to prevail to practices.

The message that the creators of merida are placing in viewers mind is to find and create your own traditions. It is saying not to go by the normals of things and not conform and follow because everyone else does or did, but to make a new story for yourself. As the quote by Thoureau states "why should we live in such a hurry..", this is true in a sense that everything wants to be done so quick but people need time to enjoy. Brave can be interpreted as saying the princees is saying to rebel but that is not true, she only states is to be a better version of yourself.

Disney is always getting bashed on by making women feel like they need to have a prince to prosper and in my experience with this princess i believe she shows role model as she wants to be indepent and make her own life as she goes on with life , by not having it written for her. Merida is a strong and brave individual in her movie and gives many women, girls the right way to empower them everyday to be like her and move on through life even if people tell you to do one thing.Many transcendentalists were still having trouble stating what they believed but with Disney it will not be so hard anymore.


"I know the way/ I AM MOANA!"
“Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string” -Self Reliance, Ralph Waldo Emerson

The movie Moana was created in 2016 by Disney creators Ron Clements and John Musker shows the first princess who is strong, independent and the biggest turn of all which shocked the crowed was no prince. She shows the population that she can fix the problem even if her mentor maui is not going to her. In the movie, the struggle can be seen by showing her worth to herself and other, when Maui gives up Moana makes a plan on her own to stop her island from dying. Throughout the movie she states " I am Moana", it shows us a viewers the internal battle she goes through in trying to prove to her self she can do this and be self reliant. This compares to the quote above beacuse both state how trusting their selfs is the best way as long as they never give up and try again.

Moana cannot be commpared to the works of Emerson and his impact in his time when showing what self reliance was but she had given a huge influence showing young girls how one can do something themselves. The message that she gives in her movie is clear and that is to be smart on trusting youself. never put trust in others because they can break it.

In the movie, Moana breaks many biases about having a prince to succed in things which was a huge deal for Disney viewers not to see a prince. She is mostly self reliant especially when Maui does not have any faith in her. People argue that she does have a relationship in the movie but are silenced because they did not show any affecionate to one another. this was a hiuge movie and a success in the harts because of many of the reviews which said good things and how disney id breaking barriers in their movies.


"Flower gleam and glow. Let your powers shine. Make the clock reverse. Bring back what once was mine. Heal what has been hurt. Change the fates' design. Save what has been lost. Bring back what once was mine, What once was mine..."
“In the woods we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me in life - no disgrace, no calamity…” “Nature” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tangled is a movie that was first put out to the public in 2015, with the help of the creators who was Nathan Greno. He had made a wonderful princess in the sense that he had used a part of nature for her to even be living or created. In the movie, rapunzels mother gets sick and the only thing that would make her better was a magic flower that glowed, the flower had given the tiny baby powers to heal things. Also, in the movie the tower she is hidden is surrounded by a beautiful scenery and not to metion she has a trustful chamelion named Pascal. As she states in her movie "flower glean and glow. let your power shine..." it explains that the nature of the flower is the only thing that will fix things that usually take a while or never come back such as age. Emerson states thnat gpoing back to bnature can help one feel safe and fixed, this is also why people move to the forrest to be one with nature.

Rapunzel has taught the importance of nature because while she is stuck in the tower, she has nothing to do and many times repeats doing things, but when taken out of the tower she is excited and very intrigued in her surroundings. Emerson tried to show people the reason of nature but was not as successful as Disney mad Tangled to be.

She has many contreversies to her as well because she breaks her mothers rules on not leaving the castle but if she had never left she would never experience the fun she had with Flynn Rider. The story taught people the improtance of nature and show it can heal ones self spirtually, another famous transcedentalist Walden had seperated himself from the whole world bvut today it is not possible, that is why Rapunzel shows the beauty of nature in her movie.


"Wait! Take me instead."
“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” Henry David thoreau

In the movie Beauty and the Beast which is to be shown March 17th, 2017 is created by Bill Condon, it is about a girl who has a crazy inventor father who takes a wrong turn and falls into a beasts trap which puts Belle into a hard choice in taking her fathers place. As Belle's sweet father gets released she gets taken by the beast, when protecting her father she did not second thing about giving her freedom to be locked up forever. This movie is already being talked about so much as now real actors are reanacting the 1991 cartoon version. As she states in her movie "Wait! take me instead" after the beast states that he is keeping her father for trespassing, it is similar to what Thoreau says which was not to think about what a choice is but feel what it is and act on it right away.

Belle can never escalate like the famous transcedenatlists but Disney made it more understandale in showimng what it is to chose intuition over reason. Both were critized in the sense on saying she did think twice but the main point is that many people would not risk their life for one another.

Disney is showing the princess and not being afraid on what happens to her and facing the beast when no one could. This is only to show that if you face the problem or thing that needs to be done it will not be that bad, beacuse in the end belle changes the beast's heart by making him fall in love and breaking the horrible cure that a witch had placed on him. This movie can be shown to live ones life in not being worried on things and go with flow.


"Listen here, mister. This stick in the mud has had to work two jobs her whole life while you've been sucking on a silver spoon chasing chambermaids around your - your ivory tower!"
“Live your life. Do your work. Then take your hat.” Henry David Thoreau

In the year 2009 the craetors of Disney had made a simplea and quiet hard working princess. This princess was african American and never had a castle nor a rich father, she lived in a small run down house when growing up and was saving for a space to set up the best resturant in town. She never gave up and her name was Tiana, Disney poirtrayed her had having a simple life with working and saving money like any other person who had a goal or dream. It was sson messed up with a prince turning her bworld upside which soon becanme Tiana the frog. As she states "This stick in the mud has had to work two jobs her whole life", she shows as a hard working woman.The quote above even states that you should live your life and do your work which was exactly what Tiana was doing.

Thoreau says taht have a simple life is by working and just living life day by day is the right thing to do, this is exactly what happens in the Princess and the Frog. The messages of these people vcan be interpretated wrong but it will only show that people do not know hwo to live like that.

Tiana is the most simpliest princess in the Disney family and she shows it all throughout the movie by going slow and working to succed her goal which she does step by step. Disney has made the Transcedentalists ways of seeing the world more easier to understand by placing hints in their movcies and let people analyze them. The repeated lines of doing work and not having time to have fun is exactly what Thoreau meant on having a life that is simple. Disney can be great in describing what transcedentalism is to the wold.

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