I hope you are having a great week! I’m writing to you from my house right now – as in, my actual house house, where my family lives – because we have a long weekend off before the beginning of second semester. Hooray for breaks!
As for the end of J-term, my month really ended with a bang! The whole term was fantastic, but this last week was one of my favorites. I went to a “Come Fly with Me” themed formal ballroom dance last Friday night, which was a blast; we learned the Quickstep and Nightclub Two Step, both of which were great. Our class was also visited by an employee of Decorah’s Vesterheim Museum, who spoke to us about her work with Disney on the movie Frozen. And, perhaps most exciting, I experienced The Epic Laundry Fiasco early Saturday morning. But that’s a story for another time.
What I’m going to talk about today is my final project for my Nordic Myths and Fairy Tales class. During the last week of the term, our class read a variety of tales written by Hans Christian Andersen – “The Snow Queen,” “Thumbelina,” and “The Princess on the Pea,” to name a few – and examined modern adaptations of these stories into films and other media. As our final assignment, we were asked to create our own adaptations of a Nordic myth, folk tale, or fairy tale. I chose to create a comic strip rendition of “The Little Mermaid,” which was a ton of fun!
I chose this particular story, because I was very surprised at the darkness of the Andersen tale. While the Disney “Little Mermaid” film features a perfect happily ever after, the original story ends on a much more somber note. The prince ultimately marries another woman, and the mermaid dies. But there is a hint of hope at the conclusion too: the mermaid becomes a spirit of the air, who, through good deeds, will earn the immortal soul she has always wanted. This ending intrigued me, because it demonstrates that while one may not receive the love one wants or deserves, love is still worth striving for and is ultimately the defining element of a human soul. It was a very different moral from that of the Disney film, and, while it may be melancholy, I find it to be an interesting one. So, I decided to retain the plot line of the original tale, only changing the medium, altering the setting, and cutting out characters I felt were nonessential to the plot.
If you’re interested in reading the comic strip, you can see the whole thing by clicking here! Hopefully you’ll enjoy it – it was a lot of fun to make, and I hope it does the Andersen story justice, the dark parts and the happy parts alike.
And now that my final project is complete, I have a little time off before jumping into next semester! I can hardly believe I’m more than halfway through my first year of college; it flew by so quickly! I cannot say often enough how glad I am that I chose Luther.
And now, I’m going to go watch a movie with my family.