how about a cake that says “i’m so over this decorating-cakes-with-negative-statements trend”
The original story of the little mermaid is that she must kill the prince in order to be human, and in the end, she loves him too much and kills herself instead.
The artwork is too great not to reblog.
Ok, ok - important expansion: she only has to kill the Prince because the deal was if he fell in love with her she could be human forever, and he didn’t. By which I mean, he was a good person and genuinely nice to her, but he didn’t fall in love. He fell in love with someone else, also perfectly nice - not the seawitch in disguise, fu Disney. The Mermaid is told she can only return to the sea now if she kills the Prince. She goes into the room where he and his lover lie sleeping and they look so beautiful and happy together that she can’t do it.
That’s why she kills herself. And because it was a noble act she returns to sea as foam.
One moral of the story was that women shouldn’t fundamentally change who they are for love of a man, and in theory Han Christian Anderson wrote it for a ballerina with whom he fell in love. She was marrying someone else who wouldn’t let her dance.
Well shit man
hans christian andersen was bisexual, so the ballerina theory could be true, but are you sure you’re not thinking of the ballerina in “the steadfast tin soldier”? anyway, re: “the little mermaid,” there is another theory that he wrote the story to symbolize the struggles of a bisexual/homosexual in the 1800s: the little mermaid represents andersen and the prince represents a man with whom he was in love. the little mermaid cannot tell the prince she loves him, just as andersen could not vocalize his own affections in real life, and of course in the end the prince marries somebody else, somebody more “like him,” i.e. human in the story, i.e. straight in real life. added to this is the little mermaid’s lamenting that creatures like her don’t go to heaven, just as homosexuals in real life are “condemned” for being homosexual. but of course, at the end of the story, the little mermaid overturns that fallacy through her selflessness. i don’t know if that’s supposed to mean andersen believed he could get to heaven only by concealing his bi-/homosexuality/not acting on it, or if he only meant that your good deeds are more important than your sexual orientation. i prefer to think the latter.