Yep, that's right today I'm going to defend Merida, a princess I've seen a lot of undeserved hate. She is number four on my paborito Disney Princess list, and it kills me how much hate she gets, and I don't think people see the good side of her.
Is there a good side of her? Of course there is! There's a good side in everyone, but everyone is so busy focusing on denouncing her for her flaws, that they forget to admire
her flaws. Admire her for her strengths.
I admit, I agree that Merida can be a brat, but what princess isn't? They all have bratty moments, why is Merida the only one being hated for being a brat?
Here are a few instances: "Doesn't she know that refusing an arranged marriage, can start a war?"
I'm sure she knows that, and again that is one of her flaws, and there were three(?) options, so if they were avoiding war, then they would only make peace in one country!
And if you watch the movie again, it wasn't to avoid war. It was because it was tradition. And she was refusing marriage, because she didn't agree with tradition, so she was standing up for what she believed in. Seriously, what's wrong with that? "She is disobedient to her mother, and she is rude to her as well
Yeah, she's disobedient to her mother, just like all teenagers are these days. So I think that only makes her madami realistic, and it's not like she's the first DP to disobey her parents. Ariel? Mulan?
Again she has flaws, which doesn't make her bad. "She is not what a princess should be. She should be proper, kind and obedient.
I've heard this several times, and it just recently came to my attention and I have one thing to say- you don't like her because she's not a stereotype?
I don't know why princesses have to be "proper", especially since Merida's role was to be madami than a stereotype. Why should You appreciate Merida?
-She fixes her mistakes. That's hat people take for granted. She fixed and learned from her mistakes.
-She stands up for herself. As I've stated several times already, she willing defend her case without hesitation and she is not afraid to say what's right.
-Deep down inside, is a big heart. Despite her harsh demeanor, I've seen Merida really does have a big heart. And with this big heart, she made things right with her mother.
- She fights for her mother. People always say how disobedient and rude she was to her mother, that they forget that Merida saved her mother. Remember when she told her father to not kill her mother. See? Merida's not as selfish as everyone portrays her to be.
-She is quite smart. Yes, while this has gotten her in trouble at times, so many people call her an "idiot". She solved a riddle about mending a broken bond. She managed to persuade everyone to "break tradition".
I could go on and on about how great Merida is, and I know these reasons won't make any of her actions right. But just know, all princesses have flaws, and those flaws don't make them any less of of a great princess. As I've sinabi in nakaraan articles, you can't just because they're flawed and hate another because of them.
This, in my opinion, is how Merida should be portrayed.
Merida fighting her father to defend Queen Elinor.