It’s a tie between Belle & Cinderella for me. Belle is the best Disney princess because, at the beginning of Beauty and the Beast, you notice how she is not found over the handsome Gaston, singing and smiling like the other girls. On the other hand, she is reading a book and on her way to the bookstore to borrow another. She has a positive energy that brightens the days of the people in her town and cares for others. Belle takes care of her father and even risks her life for his. In the end, she turns a hideous, careless, and angry beast to a man. She brings the beauty out of the Beast.
Disney Princess: Belle
- -She loves to read (I love to read too.).
- -She can see the Beast’s inner goodness beneath his hideous appearance.
- -She’s willing to become the Beast’s prisoner in exchange for her father’s freedom.
- It stands out from the rest of the narrow-minded villagers.
- -She dreams of an adventure outside her monotone life in the village.
- It defended her father when the villagers branded him as “crazy” just because he’s a little eccentric.
- -She has an open mind. This relates to her love of books. Having read so many books provided her with the benefits of learning new vocabularies, like “primaeval”. And she has a vast imagination because of it!
-She doesn’t let her stepfamily’s horrible treatment change her outlook. (and to anyone saying that “she could’ve just left”, consider this: Cinderella’s only friends are the mice & birds. She has no human friends and any blood relatives. So she has nowhere else to go.)
-She remains excellent & gentle to the Tremaine’s, even though they don’t deserve such treatment. By continuing kind to her abusers, Disney Princess Cinderella indirectly tells her stepfamily that she won’t let them break her spirits, that she won’t let them get to her, that she won’t let them change her into a bitter & miserable person, and that she never gives up on her hopes & dreams.
-She can be snarky & sarcastic. Of course, she can only become such when her stepfamily isn’t around. If she acts snarky & sarcastic in front of them, she starts a fight in which she would quickly lose. Plus, the Tremaine’s would use it as an excuse to punish Cinderella with more work to do.
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-She never wishes for a man to save her. Her “I Want” song A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes doesn’t say anything about finding a man or love. Clearly, this shows that romance isn’t her main priority.
-She’s a survivor of abuse. Sure, the Fairy Godmother provided help with magic, but in the end, it’s Cinderella’s choice. She could’ve played it safe by staying in the château or took a risk by going to the ball. She chose the latter. After enduring YEARS of abuse from her stepfamily, she deserves one night of fun.
-She’s the only woman in the castle who wasn’t trying to impress Prince Charming. Upon her arrival, she was shown admiring the castle’s splendour, looking somewhat lost. Again, this proves that Cinderella doesn’t go to the ball to find romance with a man.