It is not that easy to answer, to be honest. As the princess digs her ways up to the society to belong, the prince has all the power he strives for. Also, there are always many prince stories, but it’s quite rare to see a story talking about how hard it is for princesses. I pursued a dream of telling you some bits of how hard it is to be a princess, especially in a time of animations, where everyone is perfect! Today is the day that I will write about Giselle from Enchanted. It will get to the point straight forward.
Although it is a semi-animated film, it gives a good amount of understanding about how animated princesses could realize their surroundings and change their ways.
Giselle was a random Disney princess who found(?!) her true love which ended up not being true. The film included a naive princess, an evil step-mother, a knight in shining armour, a real-life man, a little clever girl, and a step-mother to be. Confusing, but still meets the expectations/structure of a traditionally animated fairytale. In this story, the princess is sent to the real world by the evil queen (Prince’s step-mother); and as we wait to see her survival journey, the princess stays positive and finds solutions. Even within her naiveness, she is very clever. The Prince (who is a total silly) comes after her, thinking she fell down to reality by accident. As the prince uses particularly unique ways to find his wife-to-be (aka the princess), the princess (Giselle who was insisting on prince’s love at first) realises that it is not the prince that she loves but the real-life man. At this spot, she finds excuses for not going back to her animated home. She finds happiness through realization, knowledge, and understanding. She gets happy because she can (finally) get angry, get out of tailored standards for her.
The prince is just a regular man whose story has been out in the world for a while, but Giselle creates her own truth, herself. She learns about human behaviour and applies them (partially) to her life with some help from the little clever girl. At the end of the story, we watch Giselle becoming a happy woman who owns her own business. She determines her own happily ever after by simply rebelling what was written for her.
Princes have always found ways out of the stereotype (if they needed) but princesses’ behaviour, actions, appearance have always been written in stone, they did not have the right to (or the capability to) find alternatives. Their story of individuality should be told.
Enchanted photo: https://tr.pinterest.com/pin/282108364137520581/