Why didn't the Little Mermaid opt for an ultimate exchange with the prince, sacrificing and devoting herself for him, only to receive no love in return, accumulating disappointment, and repaying her life-saving deed with her own life?

Because the Little Mermaid sought an eternal soul, she learned to be human, resembled humans, and became human. However, this question asks: I’ve paid, so why does Giegie ignore me and love that despicable person instead? Everyone can go to hell! Damn it!!!

The Little Mermaid longed not for love, but for an eternal soul like humans possess. Without this eternal soul, she would turn into sea foam regardless of whether she killed the prince or not, with the only difference being dying immediately or after three hundred years. The prince owed her nothing. In the end, she obtained an eternal soul because of her kindness and unwillingness to kill the prince. Had she killed him, she would never have become human. This reflects Hans Christian Andersen’s religious views.

Because her love for the prince is her own business, how she loves and how she gives is also her own business. How the prince treats her is the prince’s business. People can only control themselves, not others. Why be so attached?

Because the Little Mermaid doesn’t have a love-centric mind, what she desires is an eternal soul, not the love of a prince. Therefore, she won’t turn into a vengeful woman just because a man doesn’t love her. The reciprocation of love is merely a means for her to obtain an eternal soul, not the ultimate goal. The result is that by maintaining kindness even unto death, she can obtain an eternal soul, without necessarily requiring any love in return. If she were to trade her most desired possession for fleeting love, she would end up losing what she truly desires.

The Little Mermaid: A Tale of Goodness

The Little Mermaid is a kind-hearted soul, not a desperate romantic. She doesn’t resort to destruction just because she can’t obtain what she desires, unlike some characters in romance novels.

Moreover, to be honest, no one in the story is in the wrong:

  • The Little Mermaid: She rescues a drowning man on her first day at sea, a true humanitarian.
  • The Princess: Despite encountering a stranger, she intends to help, showing kindness.
  • The Prince: Unlucky enough to fall overboard, he’s devoted to marrying his savior and treats the mute girl he found well.
  • The Sea Witch: Not exactly a saint, but she clearly states the cost of her potions, emphasizing professional ethics.
  • The Sisters: They want to save their sister, a reasonable and compassionate goal.

The Little Mermaid encounters no villains, and she doesn’t wish harm upon good-hearted people. Isn’t that commendable?

In the end, she overcomes her fear of death, embraces the sea, gains recognition from the divine, and joins the sky’s daughters in performing good deeds. There’s no apparent benefit in taking a life at this critical moment, except for causing unnecessary trouble for oneself.

Evaluation: It is recommended not to read Andersen’s fairy tales, but rather trade some stocks to stay awake. Isn’t there enough content on Zhihu where people tear apart scummy guys for you to read? Please don’t waste the sea’s daughter.

P.S.: Aren’t those who demand that I love you in return for your love, and threaten to destroy you if I don’t, a different kind of love-brained people? The Little Mermaid’s dreams and aspirations are all invisible; they only focus on whether she has killed the prince. In reality, maybe she never really had any romantic experiences.

The Little Mermaid: Love, Choices, and Misconceptions

First: The Little Mermaid desires not only love but also an eternal soul.

Second: Even if all the Little Mermaid truly desires is love, does that make the prince wrong?

Don’t say the prince didn’t know that the Little Mermaid saved him and sacrificed for him. Even if he did know, does that suddenly make him stop loving the princess he originally loved and turn to love the Little Mermaid? He is not like the protagonists in those bizarre novels who love whoever possesses the token. He had spent time with the Little Mermaid, and it was clearly stated in the original story that this time did not lead to romantic feelings. Anyone who suddenly falls in love with the Little Mermaid just because she saved him is simply reading too many absurd novels.

Furthermore, whether it’s the male or female side, if the other person has not made any commitments to you, hasn’t asked you to do things for them, or is unaware of your sacrifices, then you should not expect them to fall in love with you because of your efforts and suffering.

In the original story, the Little Mermaid is very admirable, courageously pursuing what she wants, whether it’s love or an eternal soul, and making a kind choice (saving the prince, giving up the opportunity to kill him and becoming a foam). The prince is also a good character, being faithful in love (loving only the princess from beginning to end) and being kind (bringing the homeless Little Mermaid, who was a mute girl in his eyes, to the castle and taking good care of her). He also never engaged in any ambiguous behavior with the Little Mermaid to make her misunderstand his feelings. Please don’t impose the stereotypes of scummy men and cheap women from trashy online novels onto them.

Although the original story is a fairy tale, it carries profound themes. It is hoped that the author will not read Andersen’s fairy tales anymore, as mindless online novels might be more suitable.

Why do you think the movie is called “Daughter of the Sea” instead of “The Little Mermaid”?

When I was young, I didn’t understand it, but now I get it. The Little Mermaid wasn’t seeking love; she wanted an eternal soul. As you sow, so shall you reap. Isn’t that quite normal?

If she really wanted love, she would have…

So, why is it that people with strong moral values find it so difficult to pursue romance?

Why go to the extreme for a one-for-one exchange?

In essence, the ultimate goal of the Little Mermaid is to become a “soulful being.”

The prince is just a process, a path in her journey.

Even if you regard the prince in this story as an NPC or even a boss, it’s possible.

The Little Mermaid’s Sacrifice for Love

I actually really like the story of the Little Mermaid. It’s incredibly romantic, all for the love of a boy.

First, she willingly loses her sense of self-identity, enduring immense pain to transform from a mermaid into a human.

Then, she willingly gives up her cherished abilities, sacrificing her beautiful voice.

Afterward, when the boy she loves is with someone else, she chooses forgiveness, without seeking revenge, and silently departs.

Finally, she turns into nothingness, becoming foam.

Foam, oh! Isn’t it incredibly beautiful? She did all of this willingly!

I, you know, love telling this story to young girls. I move them emotionally while simultaneously engaging in ruthless pickup artistry.

If you ask me why the Little Mermaid didn’t resist!

I would reply, because every breath of hers was for love, even if it meant disappearing, it was worth it, fulfilling, and noble.

If you insist on asking further,

I can tell you, being a devoted admirer ultimately leads to this outcome. It’s a shrug, setting aside heroic deeds, respecting others' fates. What else can I do?

The prince neither liked the mermaid nor knew about everything she had sacrificed for him. He only knew that she had been washed ashore by the sea, unaware that it was the mermaid who had saved him. The mermaid had given so much, but the prince knew nothing about it.

Upon closer examination, Disney’s fairy tale, “The Little Mermaid,” is filled with male chauvinism. It is saturated with the idea of male dominance and the significance of power and status over women. While we used to believe that the prince and princess were a perfect match in fairy tales, reality often shows that true compatibility lies in equal footing and social status. Perhaps, watching fewer foreign animated films could help avoid many unnecessary detours in life, with the exception of the movie “Soul,” which stands out.

Because Little Mermaid is a typical narcissist, she falls in love with the prince willingly and desires his love, while the prince doesn’t even know who she is.

In business, the principle is “pay for the goods with one hand and deliver with the other,” emphasizing fair transactions. However, such rules don’t work in the world of emotions, as it would turn relationships into mere “business transactions.”

Throughout history, the saying “merchants value profit and disregard separation” has held true. Generations of “pipa-playing women” have never found any emotional solace in the life of marrying a merchant.

Because that wouldn’t be a fairy tale…

It’s called a revenge plan.

The Difference Between Humans and Mermaids

My answer might disappoint you, because after the founding of the country, animals can’t become sentient, and humans and transgenders have different paths. In matters of love, keep a clear head. Love cannot be obtained through giving, sacrificing, or sacrificing; all you get in return is betrayal and abandonment. However, humans are different from each other. Humans have brains, and in their heads, they calculate interests, values, and equivalent exchanges. Even if a mermaid were to receive a witch’s magic potion, grow toes, and become like a human, could she marry and bear children like a human, especially when her tears run dry? Don’t even think about a prince. What are you thinking? Fairy tales are called fairy tales because they want to make people believe in the power of truth, goodness, and beauty. But in real life, it’s all about survival of the fittest. The little mermaid foolishly swam ashore, providing the prince with a different kind of freshness. But the prince is still the prince, not to mention becoming a king. Even if he can’t become a king, he’s still a nobleman. Besides the momentary freshness and pearls shed from tears, what else can the little mermaid bring to the prince?

I just have one question,

Why did the prince apologize to the mermaid?

Wasn’t the mermaid’s sacrifice willingly and wholeheartedly given?

And the mermaid saved him, even traded her voice for human legs, and the prince didn’t even know!

Even if he knew,

The prince didn’t necessarily have to accept her, right?

Have you seen “Chang Yue Jin Ming”?

Sang Jiu is just like that little mermaid,

The clam king requested Ming Ye to marry Sang Jiu in return,

What’s everyone’s opinion?

Using kindness to seek repayment, that’s hitting the bamboo pole.