I won't go into huge detail over particulars, just name a few things that both film and book sharSo how does The Snow Queen relate to Disney's Frozen?
I won't go into huge detail over particulars, just name a few things that both film and book share, especially thematically. Both tales carry a theme about love and its many forms (the Andersen tale also includes a strong moral on the smearing of innocence that leads to destruction, and the perils of innocence's opposite -- industrial progress). The different adventures of Gerda all represent a progression of love, of possession. The old lady who wanted to hoarde her, the Princess who thought love was choosing a man who was handsome and talked well, the robber maiden who captured her pets for her own amusement. And then there is Gerda, a legion of angels in her breath, the Lord's Prayer on her lips, a power within her worth more than a dozen men and lasts longer than all the creations of men: true love.
That's where this little tale threads to the Disney film that claims origin to its story. Anna and Elsa's love are as Gerda and Kay's. Their childhood of fun is turned to separation when winter comes, with Anna (Gerda) only able to see her sibling (in blood or in spirit) through a small peephole of a window, or a keyhole. Anna meets many people on her adventure and on the journey to locate her sibling, all of them representing love in its different forms: Hans, like the Princess of the tale, is almost shallow in his view of love, "true love" found so quickly and from nothing more than a day's meeting and a quick-witted word. The stone trolls are unconventional, rude, unlikeable, like the robbers Gerda meets along the way. Yet like the robber maiden and her mother, the trolls have a "pure love" within their clan. Olaf the snowman is the pure representation of a child's love and innocence, like Gerda is in Andersen's tale. Kristoff is the representation of a pure romantic love, which was not quite represented in the original tale, but acts as a foil to the Hans romance.
There is a reindeer, a homely house that is warm and gives her supplies against the cold, living snow creatures that defend the Snow Queen's home, a blizzard-swept finale on a frozen lake, and, of course, the expression of love that thawed little Kay's frozen heart and Elsa's cold soul. And as with the love of Gerda and Kay, so with Anna and Elsa:
"and wherever they went, the winds ceased raging, and the sun burst forth."
I've never read "A Christmas Carol" before. It has all the charms of an old classic, and in the end I actually shed some tears. Mainly for the last biI've never read "A Christmas Carol" before. It has all the charms of an old classic, and in the end I actually shed some tears. Mainly for the last bit where Scrooge observes the people laughing at his sudden change, but comforting himself knowing that all good things come with laughter and derision from some. And that sweet contentment in something simple and good, "His own heart laughed: and that was quite enough for him."...more
Such a joyful little book. Coming from expectations of The Lord of the Rings, the humor and homeliness surprised me. Get ready for charming adventure,Such a joyful little book. Coming from expectations of The Lord of the Rings, the humor and homeliness surprised me. Get ready for charming adventure, sassy humor, and delightful characters. The meaning in the tale is deft and lasting, with not a few resounding rises to thematic beauty. The darkness in our hero rises as the book progresses, but through it all we find the strength in someone who expected nothing from himself and turned out a hero....more
What a story, what a story indeed. The original puts to shame all hideous interpretations of its tragic solemnity and deep meaning. Banish all imagesWhat a story, what a story indeed. The original puts to shame all hideous interpretations of its tragic solemnity and deep meaning. Banish all images of life-giving lightning bolts, mad scientists and pygmy assistants, castles and dungeons, and a monster of unintelligent cruelty. Mary Shelley's is the real story, of the man Victor Frankenstein, who set out to be God and came away realizing such pursuits of power and science are woefully unworthy. This is real horror -- the loss of loved ones, the intense pain of guilt, the vision of fateful injustice and death.
The writing carries one breathlessly to a growing climax of confrontation and loss. The frame of a seaman's letters offers an unexpected distance and appropriate frame to the tale. The monster himself speaks fluidly and rationally: He is not a mindless brute so portrayed by popular standards. Victor's windy words bring a sense of other-worldliness to his melancholy narrative. That Shelley was a mere 17 years of age when she began this work gives hope to the youngest author of aspiration.
Banish the shallow terror of film and enter the tender sadness of a pained and longing being and his noble, wretched creator....more
Somehow I was blessed not to have known the conclusion of this story before I set out reading it with my sister, completely innocent of its meanings aSomehow I was blessed not to have known the conclusion of this story before I set out reading it with my sister, completely innocent of its meanings and greatness. Now, of course, I know how transcending it is in skill and theme.
It is a social commentary on the French Revolution. We see the slow and roiling growth of a oppressed people, bursting into a wave of Terror, where our heroes and heroines find themselves hopelessly captured. The analysis of the complexity of the morality of the French Revolution is fair and enlightening: Dickens sees the inevitability of the uprising, knows it is a judgement on the wicked crimes of the aristocracy, yet he will also denounce the base, unjust and animal result of that same Revolution. He warns against a repeat of this performance – a heartless upper class that sees no humanity in the peasants; and the harvested violence of the Revolution that was sown by those gold-plated hands. It is historical analysis and social commentary at its best.
Dickens has a way with words, a delicious skill in humor and dialogue, and a stunning store of unique and engaging characters: the complex, melancholy Sydney Carton; the cold, calculating wickedness of Madame Defarge; the quiet, sympathetic Doctor Manette; the beautiful, pure Miss Manette; the sharp, spunky Miss Pross; the “flopping” wife of crude Jerry Cruncher. And how Dickens weaves these people into each other – masterwork itself!
But what endures is the humanity, humility, and incredible selflessness of many of these people. And how can I miss the wonderful message of resurrection and hope? “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die” (John 11:25-26).
The powerful redemption at the end is worth the slow buildup of tension in the early pages of the story. It will shock you with the cold-blooded thirst of fallen humanity, open your eyes to love and true self-sacrifice, and move you to the highest ideals of the soul. It’s a story that escapes its historical setting and offers a pertinent depth for all of us....more