All the Disney movies about characters like Rapunzel, Quasimodo, or even Anna or Ariel longing to leave their towers, go out in the world and walk the streets like everyone else have helped me cope so much with being homeschooled and my dad forbidding me to ever go outside the house and interact with people. It gives me hope that one day I’ll break free of my isolation and experience the world like that got to. I feel so much comfort that they went though the same situation as me.
I’m really excited for Frozen 2, my sisters and I really bonded over the different types of anxiety shown in Elsa and Anna and how they were able to overcome it and restore heir relationship. It’s a really nice reference point for us and the first movie made us all so happy. I’ve heard rumors about Elsa being gay (though I’m not getting my hopes up) and that’s really exciting to hear as a remember of the LGBTQ+ community. I can’t wait to see the movie!
As a girl with social anxiety, and whose only friends are from her childhood, I relate a lot with the more lonely, outcast and socially awkward Disney heroines, such as Belle, Mulan, Anna or Rapunzel. Seeing them slowly build up friendships and romances based on mutual respect and trust comforts me and gives me the hope that maybe one day, I’ll be able to do that as well.
When I was little and saw the movie Frozen for the first time, I wasn’t very attentive to the emotional scenes in the movie. After rewatching it now, I realize how touching and heartwarming the hugging scene between Elsa and Anna is, reminding me of my strong relationship with my sister and how much I love her.
Sometimes I feel just like Anna, never considered the hero of my own story, just the supporting role for my older, more popular sister. She’s a star at our school, and my parents give her so much attention that I feel like “just a spare”. Anna is very important to me now, being the hero of the film that’s always passed up for Elsa.
My little sister has been struggling with depression and self-injury. I’ve been trying to convince our parents to let her go to therapy, but until then, I’ve been hanging out with her everyday to try to make sure she knows she’s loved. Frozen is her favorite movie because it gives her hope she can get better. And I promised her that no matter what happens, we’re going to see Frozen 2 together. I have to take care of my Elsa. As Anna said, “We can face the storm together.”
I’m graduating in my and my siblings and I rarely talked for years so much because they’re never around or want to talk to me. When they say they’re visiting, they never do. They just lie about it. I get a feeling that my siblings resent me and si have a feeling my graduation day will be the last time I’ll see them. I used to wish Nani and Anna were my siblings because they’re always be there for their siblings, never make their siblings feel worthless, and never lie to their faces.
A lot of people who’ve been through abuse say they relate with Elsa, but for some reason, I relate with Anna more. We both have been isolated, emotionally neglected and shut out by people who were supposed to love us. I’m not saying Elsa wasn’t, but seeing Anna fight back, still be okay with opening her heart, and still remain happy in spite of it really inspires me to be like her despite everything I’ve been through.