“Imagine there was a cure, but finding it would cost you everything. It would completely ruin your life. What would you do? (Meyer 229).

          Everyone knows of the Disney princess, Ariel, and her struggles as she transitions from a mermaid to a human. She has to sacrifice part of her freedom and identity in order to obtain this wish to become a human. This is similar to both Cinder and Prince Kai in Cinder by Marissa Meyer because they have to make huge sacrifices for a wish. Both Ariel and Cinder and Prince Kai deal with the obstacle of accepting reality.
          Although in The Little Mermaid, Ariel doesn't have to deal with the plague, she has to obtain the sacrifices of becoming human. In this case the “cure” in the quote refers to the ability to become human and “everything” is her voice. As a sacrifice, she has to give up her voice to Ursula. Ursula makes a bargain with Ariel and says “You can't get something for nothing, you know.” After she falls in love with Prince Eric, she makes the decision to become human for the chance to meet him. Prince Eric wants to meet Ariel but only remembers her from her voice. This is similar to the quote from Cinder because she has to sacrifice the one thing that Prince Eric remembers her from in order to meet him. The big opportunity and her wish can only be obtained with a great sacrifice. In Cinder by Marissa Meyer, there is a plague going around that kills many loved ones in the world. Just like Ariel, Prince Kai has to give up part of his life and freedom for the sake to find a cure for the plague. He has to marry Queen Levana whom he holds no attraction for, so he can get the cure to the plague. This relates to the picture because Ariel also made a sacrifice of her identity like how Prince Kai gave up his love life. Part of both peoples freedom is taken away.

“I'm sure I'll feel much more grateful when I find a guy who thinks complex wiring in a girl is a turn-on” (Meyer 116).

          Although Ariel is not made of wire, she is self conscious of her true identity. She is afraid and does not want Prince Eric to see her as a mermaid so she asks to be turned into human. This idea of lack of self confidence is built in the quote because, like Ariel, Cinder does not want Prince Kai to know she’s Lunar. She is afraid that when she shows Prince Kai her true identity that he will hate her. Both characters show their fear of not being accepted by the ones that they love.

“He was the fantasy of every girl in the country. He was so far out of realm, her world, that she should have stopped thinking about him the second the door had closed. Should stop thinking about him immediately. Should never think about him again, except maybe as a client--and her prince.
And yet, the memory of his fingers against her skin refused to fade” (Meyer 128).

          Ariel already has a struggle to love Prince Eric, not only because he is a different species, but because he's the prince! Just like the quote from Cinder, he is “far out of realm, her world.” Despite the fact that he is the ruler of the country, her greed still hopes that he will love her back. She can't forget about him and disregards his superiority to her. The repetition of the word “should” show how her intentions are distracting her from staying within the reality limits. The quote states how although she shouldn't love him and get back to reality, she just can't seem to forget about him. Cinder knows that the Prince could never love her because she is Lunar, but she still can't completely erase that thought from her mind. She continues to have hope that things could happen.
          In both The Little Mermaid and Cinder the controversial theme of fantasy vs reality is shown as well as sacrifice of identity. These stories may be alike because they are both fantasies but one is science fiction and one is a fairy tale. Both Cinder and Ariel have fears of being caught and hated by the people that they love and Ariel and Prince Kai struggle with keeping their freedom of identity. These characters are alike in many ways, what is another connection between them?

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