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(August 20, 2007 by JeZz Send DollMail )
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The Little Mermaid was originally written by Hans-Christian Andersen and quite a bit of the original story actually made it into the popular movie correctly. Of course Mr. Andersen did not include any singing crabs or obnoxiously dumb sea gulls, but the actual plot lines, up to a point, are very similar.

In the original story, there is a sea king on the floor of the ocean. He has five beautiful daughters, the youngest of which is a fabulous singer. She is not named Ariel, in the story, but probably wishes she were. Her original name is Sirenetta.

Sirenetta is dying to get to the surface of the ocean so she can check out the sun and see the humans, but her parents (including her mother who is absent from the movie) forbid it until she is fifteen. Sirenetta is impatient, but obeys her parents. We should learn a lesson here, I think.

Freedom!

Finally, on her fifteenth birthday, Sirenetta’s father gives her a carved hair pin and instructions. He explains that mermaids and mermen do not have souls like humans do, so only bad things can come from contact with them. With some of the humans I know, I can see where this would be good advice.

Sirenetta finally makes her great escape and swims to the surface so quickly her fish friends can’t keep up. When she gets there, she finds a rock, relaxes and enjoys the sun. Lo and behold a ship comes by shooting off fireworks for the captain’s 20th birthday. Just like in the movie, a sudden storm comes up and sinks the ship.

The handsome captain is on the verge of drowning when Sirenetta, who’d been watching him the whole time, catches him and drags him to shore. Here is where the story starts to go off track.

Lost Love

Sirenetta hears other humans approaching, so she goes back into the water while the prince is still unconscious. Three other humans find him and when he opens his eyes he sees the youngest of them – a beautiful girl. He’s instantly in love.

Sirenetta goes home and sobs in her room for days the way any good fifteen-year-old should, and then goes to the Witch of the Deeps to ask for help. The witch is willing to help Sirenetta in exchange for her voice (just like in the movie), and gives her a potion.

The Witch does warn the young mermaid that taking the potion will give her legs, but will hurt excruciatingly. Then, every step she takes after that will be unbearably painful. Apparently love is blind and not very smart, because Sirenetta takes the potion anyway.

Once she is human, she can never again become a mermaid. She will simply dissolve like sea foam if she tries to return to the ocean.

The captain, who is also a prince, finds her on the beach and feels sorry for her. He takes her to the castle and becomes her friend. He is still in love with the other young woman, but she had returned to her home. Sirenetta is in agony with every step she takes and her heart is still broken because she knows he doesn’t love her.

A Happy Ending?

Then, one day the young woman the prince loves comes back. It turns out she loves the prince, too and agrees to a wedding. Sirenetta, the prince’s friend, goes along on the ship during and after the wedding. She is so miserable that she’s planning to jump back to the sea and dissolve.

Suddenly her sisters appear and offer her a magic knife. They’ve traded their hair to the Witch of the Deeps for it, and if Sirenetta kills the prince with the knife she can return to the ocean, and everything will be like it was.

Sirenetta goes to the prince’s room, but looking at his beautiful face makes her realize she can’t kill him. She goes back to the deck of the ship and throws the knife into the water. Then she gets ready to jump in herself.

Suddenly Sirenetta is drawn into the air and hears voices. She is suddenly able to speak again, and asks the voices what is happening. She learns that by doing good deeds to humans, she has been rescued from her soulless death and taken into the sky by the fairies of the air. Now she can help humans for the rest of eternity.

I don’t know about you, but I like the movie ending a bit better. The guy gets the girl, the girl gets the guy, the Witch gets punished and they all live happily ever after (except the Witch, of course.) But as we know, most original fairy tales didn’t have a happy ending – at least according to our more modern definition. I guess becoming a fairy of the sky is the best a mermaid without a soul (or tail) can hope for.


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Ella041

20/Female
Richfield, OH
Posted On: August 27, 2007
Cool story
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Babygirl3535

24/Female
Texas City, TX
Posted On: August 25, 2007
the little mermaid i think it means she a maid or she sold be she's soooooooooo ugly. i can live with out her.if we are the only 2 on the world i will not eveing like her then
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cindygabriela

21/Female
Mauritius
Posted On: August 25, 2007
I loved this version
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pumpkinlover1

22/Female
United States Minor Outlying Islands
Posted On: August 25, 2007
never knew there was a book. Never liked the movie though. Idk the book sounds better
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hovergirl2588

20/Female
Brookhaven, PA
Posted On: August 25, 2007
in the story real one every time she takes a step it fells like a dagger gos through her foot so what if she sat down alot
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dadezgurl

22/Female
Antarctica
Posted On: August 24, 2007
OK the little mermaid. looks like someone needs a life. (more than me)
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m_e_l_o_d_y_c_

24/Female
New Zealand
Posted On: August 24, 2007
i LOVE the Disney version since it is not to sad lol Ariel was and still a good role model for me as i was very ill and Disney 's Ariel help me get thought it
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Xxchocolaterai

25/Female
North Hills, CA
Posted On: August 24, 2007
I LOVE THE MOVIE THE LITTLE MERMAID (EVEN THOUGH I AM 11)
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xSTRAW_BERRYx

21/Female
Netherlands, The
Posted On: August 23, 2007
Happy endings are kinda boring.. They always end that way. So I like this version. If you know it has a happy ending whats the fun of it then. x.o
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x_Ninja

22/Female
Oman
Posted On: August 23, 2007
I'm not sure which version of this story I like better. The original basically shows that people will go great lengths for love. I really like disney movies. They are my childhood. I actually really like the original of this story too. They both have awesome plots.
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element_wind91

23/Female
Bowling Green, OH
Posted On: August 23, 2007
This story is one of my all-time favorite stories, but I prefer the Disney-version best, I love a happy ending.

What I don't understand, though, is why people say that the Disney-version would never happen in real life, when there's just as little chance of this version happening.

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rbd2448

22/Female
Paramount, CA
Posted On: August 23, 2007
i love the litt
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treasure311

21/Female
Canada
Posted On: August 23, 2007
I prefer the Disney version. Its alot happier. Tho this one is interesting!
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its_skiz_not_s

20/Female
Germany
Posted On: August 23, 2007
She used to be my favorite Disney princess.

And that was because we both had red hair!
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princess2002

22/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: August 23, 2007
I think the little mermaid is a very good story
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