Tangled Up in Bad Relationships: Rapunzel's Unhealthy Tendency of Dependency
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Opening ParagraphDisney has long had a reputation for feel good movies and inspiring messages of friendship and working hard. Their 2010 release Tangled is no exception. The princess movie starring Rapunzel shows viewers the powers of being brave and following dreams. Its example of a strained mother-daughter relationship may even resonate with some children in the audience and serve as encouragement to stand up for themselves or get help if needed. However, a message lurks below the surface of this “inspiring” example of escaping a poor relationship: Rapunzel never really escapes. I argue that Rapunzel blindly transfers her child-like dependency from one unhealthy relationship onto another unhealthy relationship through her dualistic nature of being both confident and vulnerable.