I relate a lot with Rapunzel on the abusive passive-aggressive mother trope and being trapped in a tower with no means of escape. I one day hope to escape my own Mother Gothel and my own tower, but honestly, I’m worried I’ll never find my Eugene Fitzherbert. It might sound childish, but I still have hopes of having a “prince” myself.
My daughter’s favorite movie was Rapunzel. We used to watch it after her chemotherapy sessions and she’d ask me to sing the songs in the car sometimes. After she lost her battle with cancer this winter, nothing breaks as instantly as the healing incantation song. “Bring back what once was mine” makes me cry to type, let alone hear. I’ll never watch this movie again.
I’m going to Disneyland next year and I’m so so excited about meeting Rapunzel. She really helped me discover that I am an artist at heart, and has also helped me be a bit more outgoing with people. I cannot wait to see her in Disneyland to give her a drawing and express myself to her.
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.
As an HSP (Hypersensitive Person) I highly relate with Rapunzel when she first leaves her tower with Eugene and is emotional and overwhelmed by everything all around her. I constantly am judged or criticized for always being too sensitive and deep, but since I can relate to Rapunzel, she helps me feel less insecure about always being sentimental. She helps me believe that there’s nothing wrong with me and that it’s okay to feel so much even if sometimes it doesn’t seem that way.
I love the movies Frozen and Tangled because I see so much of myself in Elsa and how she was so afraid to be herself. Even with Rapunzel, her happy spirit is so inspiring. I wish so badly that I could be an actual princess and be like them.
That moment when Flynn Rider is just so enthralled by Rapunzel makes me feel so lonely because I don’t think anyone will ever look at me like that.
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.
Rapunzel is my favorite Disney character because I relate to her wanting to get out into the world and explore it. I wasn’t held captive in a tower for my magic hair, but I do have a chronic illness and I’m also autistic so I’ve often felt isolated and like I can’t do things other people my age can. I can’t wait for my life to begin, just like Rapunzel.
Varian making Rapunzel steal, and then Rapunzel being very distraught afterwards is hitting close to home recently. I have a friend who has been wanting me to do things that go against my morals. He claims it’s for the better, and he’s older than me.