What is also fascinating about this film is that the villainess (Gothel) masks her villainy in the guise of love. She does not have the wealth of Cruella De Ville, nor the magic of Sleeping Beauty’s Maleficent. She is only equipped with an arsenal of emotional manipulation and self-esteem grenades, designed to keep Rapunzel afraid of the world and herself. As such, she is an amazing archetype for the devouring mother that many women must (to greater or lesser degrees) face in order to get free, and fully come into their own. [x]
Cause for the first time in forever, Oh I’m such a fool, I can’t be free!
You don’t have to be afraid, No escape from the storm inside of me!
We can work this out together, I can’t control the curse!
We’ll reverse the storm you’ve made, Anna, please, you’ll only make it worse!
Don’t panic, There’s so much fear!
The only way to respond when someone asks you “why do you write strong female characters.”
The last one.