The story of the Sleeping beauty as we all know, think she was awoken by this handsome dashing prince. Well sorry to break the news to you! Actually the Prince raped her. Yes you read that correctly ! The Prince sexually assaulted her to wake her up. In this article we present to you the dark side of the original stories on which the Disney stories were based on. Most of these stories are disturbing and reveal the dark side of the most popular Disney stories
- The real story of The Princess and the Frog
- THE REAL STORY of Mulan
- THE REAL STORY of The Lion King
- THE REAL STORY of Cinderella
The original fairytales were nothing like the Disney stories we read now, sanitized and whitewashed. Disney does a great job in hiding the dark side of these original stories. The original story goes that as she was lying there, he came upon her and he was so besotted by his ego and desire to overpower and control. His feelings dominated by his earthly desires made him rape her.
According to Italian writer Giambattista Basile’s original version of Sleeping Beauty, the sleeping beauty wakes up not with a gentle kiss from the dashing prince, but from the birth of her children. The sleeping beauty wakes up when one of her children sucks her finger and takes out the poison, mistaking it for the bosom. According to the original story the queen tried to kill the prince as revenge. But eventually, the King murders her as he didn’t want her to reveal the dark side of the Prince
The Princess and the Frog ( #1 )
The frog prince, who must be magically released from his curse goes to the girl, whoever she was, this beautiful damsel, and begs for her to kiss him to get rid of the curse.
But the girl in this story, she’s smart and she will not be taken for a fool for the frog. Therefore, she slams the frog against the wall. The frog shatters his external egoic self. In certain versions of the story, the Frog Prince is turned back into a human after its head was cut off.
Mulan ( #2 The disturbing and surprising end )
The heroic female warrior has inspired Disney not once but twice. First in their 1998 animated adaptation and now in the live action remake starring Liu Yifei. Both films follow quite closely the original poem, The Ballad of Mulan, but the 1695 version of the tale included in the Sui Tang Romance takes a darker turn. As Mulan takes her father’s place in the army she meets the king’s daughter, who is also a warrior. The two become inseparable, and when the king is defeated they offer to be put to death in his place. They are eventually spared, but when Mulan returns home she finds that her father has died and her mother has remarried. With her female identity revealed Mulan is ordered to become a concubine, but she commits suicide rather than submit to this fate.
The Lion King ( #3 )
Don’t be fooled by cute lion cubs and warthog/meerkat comedy duos, the inspiration behind Disney’s beloved animation – and the new live-action film which is set to hit cinema screens on the 19th July – is much darker than you might expect. It’s said that the writers were inspired by Shakespeare’s Hamlet, in which the Prince Hamlet sets out to seek revenge on his Uncle Claudius, after Claudius murders his father in order to seize the throne – not unlike the plight of our favourite lion cub, Simba.
Snow White ( #4 )
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was Disney’s first animated feature film and has become an undisputed classic since its release in 1937. The film is a fairly faithful retelling of the fairy tale that appears in the Brothers Grimm collection, with one exception. While the film ends with the prince awakening Snow White with a kiss and taking her to his castle, the original story sees the evil queen attend the subsequent wedding where she is recognised by the prince and made to dance, quite literally until she drops, in a pair of red-hot iron slippers
The Little Mermaid (#5)
In the Disney version of Hans Christian Andersen’s tale, Ariel eventually wins the heart of Prince Eric, gets her voice back and celebrates with a beautiful wedding on a boat, surrounded by her aquatic friends and family. In Hans Christian Andersen’s original story, things don’t end so rosily. In fact, the story is tragic throughout, with Ariel’s transformation to human causing her constant agonising pain, before her heart is broken when her prince marries someone else. The Sea Witch informs her that if she kills the prince she will turn back into a mermaid and live, but Ariel chooses to sacrifice herself, throwing herself into the sea and becoming sea foam.
Cinderella (#6 )
Cinderella, he just didn’t find her by slipping on the glass slipper. The first stepsister, cut her heel off and the foolish prince believed that it was her. And then the dove told him no, it isn’t her. Hence, the next step sister was a little smarter.
She cut off her toes to fit into the slipper. And again, the prince believed her until the dove said no. And then he found Cinderella.
But what a story. I know, dark and very dire to tell our children, but it teaches them subconsciously that do not lie passively waiting dependent on some prince because you will be screwed. In this case literally.
There is no kiss from another that will save you from your own dark, deep shadow. True love, our true soul partners will only be discovered after a process of discernment, discernment of self and other.
But none of these valuable life lessons are being taught to our children in the Disney stories. Life wasn’t supposed to be this way. This is what they told us as children, that life was this fairy tale. A parent who is unable to witness the child’s pain because of the parent’s own unresolved issues around pain, failure, disappointment.
That child who doesn’t witness will simply be unable to integrate pain in their own life and use it as a vehicle for growth. If only we realize that it is when we surrender to that emptiness, it is essentially fullness. And your earthly ego itself will only be shattered by a lot of pain. And after pain will come your humanity.
So that people no longer see pain as something so dark and dire and disruptive, something to be avoided at all costs. On the contrary, I see it as not only profound, but as inevitable, and one of the most powerful models of consciousness we can have.
Accept your pain.