Call Me Rapunzel

I've been watching Tangled a lot in the past couple of days. It will be fun to have some choice quotes, though I don't think J is willing to go as Mother Gothel for the "your birthday was last year" scene. *mock sighs, grinning* As I have said previously, Rapunzel is my favourite princess. And in watching Tangled, it has occurred to me that Rapunzel is a very apt choice for what will likely be my first official presenting as a girl.

And because it's my blog and I can, I shall endeavour to elaborate on Rapunzel's side of things. I feel if I point out the applications to me, it's not quite as powerful, and besides, I also think I've made it fairly obvious.

Rapunzel is stuck in a tower, with one event to look forward to each year: the floating lights in the sky. Somehow, she knows they're meant for her. It defies logic and reason, perhaps. It's something that Mother Gothel doesn't understand, but fears all the same because of what will happen if Rapunzel finds out…

"I like it in here and so do you."
*Pascal blows raspberry*
"Oh, come on, Pascal, it's not so bad in there."

It's all Rapunzel's ever known; maybe it really isn't so bad. But as we later find, she does wonder what it would be like beyond the tower. Maybe she isn't as happy as she would like Pascal, or even herself, to believe.

Then comes Rapunzel's title song, When Will My Life Begin?, a small accounting of what she does with her time in the tower. And throughout it, she keeps "wondering and wondering and wondering and wondering… when will my life begin?"

She can't really begin her life until she leaves the tower, later expressed in When Will My Life Begin? (Reprise), "Just smell the grass! The dirt! Just like I dreamed they'd be! Just feel that summer breeze, the way it's calling me… for like the first time ever, I'm completely free!"

But before that, we have Mother Knows Best, wherein Mother Gothel tries to dissuade Rapunzel from leaving, telling her of all that could (will) go wrong; Rapunzel should stay where she is. That's what suits Mother Gothel; she doesn't want Rapunzel to embrace a life outside of the tower.

Eventually, Rapunzel does leave the tower, and though she is happy at this… mentally and emotionally, it is very difficult for her to come to terms with. She is afraid of what her mother will say and do, and she is scared of things she has never seen… like a bunny rabbit. Still, she does come to accept that if she wants to achieve her dream, she has to step outside the hidden valley of her tower.

So Flynn takes her to the Snuggly Duckling…

"Put him down! *exhales* Okay, I don't know where I am and I need him to take me to see the lanterns because I've been dreaming about them my entire life! Find your humanity! Haven't any of you ever had a dream?"

"I had a dream once."

Rapunzel has a dream… she just wants "to see the floating lanterns gleam!"

"Go. Live your dream."
"I will."
"Your dream stinks. I was talking to her."

Rapunzel and Flynn end up in a little clearing, where Mother Gothel sings Mother Knows Best (Reprise), telling Rapunzel that she's tried, but she's stupid, it'll never work out, and why did she even bother in the first place, before proceeding to mock Rapunzel for her determination.

And still, Rapunzel presses on.

She enters the kingdom and goes out on the lake or sea to watch the floating lanterns, and I See The Light plays. She has achieved her dream; she has been blind, on the outside looking in. She may need a new dream, which she does acknowledge, but for now, she is where she needs to be, and it is what she needs.

However, Mother Gothel's schemes bear fruit, and Rapunzel is tricked into going back to the tower, back to what she was. And even then, Rapunzel realises, thanks to her outside experience, that she has more waiting outside the tower than inside and that it's worth fighting for. No matter the cost.

When she finally comes home… as the Princess she is… all is as should be in her world. Rightful family, rightful place.

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