I have seen that some people think that Rapunzel is a bad role model, so I thought I would give my opinion on this. Anyways, keep in mind that this is what I think she's a good role model, you may find different traits better in a role model. Anyways, enjoy the article!
I'll be discussing that I think Rapunzel is a good role model, and is not a stupid character. This Will Contain Spoilers of the Movie Tangled.
Let's start with the beginning of the movie.
I've seen Rapunzel has been criticized for NOT walking out on her mother. Well, I have two reasons why I don't understand why people would say she's a bad role model for staying there for a long while in her life. She didn't know her mother was just after her hair. They made it obvious to the audience because they wanted us to know, not her, so just because Rapunzel doesn't attempt to leave the tower doesn't make her a bad role model, in fact it makes her smart, and that's a trait which you should have in a good role model.
She doesn't attempt to go after her dream, because she's knows she's not ready. She clearly hadn't asked Gothel before, so she didn't know if Gothel was going to hold her back from doing it or not, so she obviously considered the fact that she needs to prepare herself before going after her dreams. She can't just run after her dream, she has to wait until she's ready, and she knows that. A good role model thinks through things before running after things she can't control at the moment.
When she's prepared, she finally asks Gothel, and yes, she says no and all that, with her song and everything. Now, Rapunzel is now prepared to go after her dream.
Anyways, then she meets Flynn. Here's a part that she's criticized for. Swinging a frying pan at his head. Okay, let's see, a strange man just ran into her tower, she's only seen two humans (technically more, but not since she was a baby.) and it was her, and Gothel. She sees a person she's never seen before run into her tower, wearing clothes that it doesn't look like she's seen before, and since he was a male, and Gothel and Rapunzel were both females, she probably hasn't seen someone who looks like Flynn before. So, if YOU had been locked up in a tower for 18 years, and a person you've never seen anything like runs into your tower, would you be afraid? Would you probably hit him with a frying pan? I know most people would, whether they want to deny it or not.
Then she starts thinking. 'Think-ing' a certain thing that is key before you go out and follow your dream. She's considers how it's going to work out, she thinks about what could happen, and if she could trust Flynn. She is naive, yes, but she's not STUPID, something that people often confuse. Thinking and making sure you're prepared gives her some madami good role model quality.
This is a another part she's often criticized for. For "running out without thinking". Okay, how does she run out without thinking? Many people think that she shouldn't have left against her mothers orders. Well, let's see.. She ONLY MEANT to be gone for a little bit, she meant to be back in three days, she's not leaving forever, she's ready for her dream, and she's going after it.
Okay, here's a part where I'll admit she didn't exactly do the smartest thing.. Going into the pub with the whole dream thing? If she had done this in another movie, she probably would have gotten killed. But, to defend her, she didn't know too much about these people, and she's naive enough where she's willing to trust people a bit too easily. However, it could possibly be because she trusted Flynn at that point, and he took her there, and she trusted him enough so that he wouldn't lure her into a trap.
Then the whole campfire scene. Yes, she disobeys Gothel, but at this point, she's starting to realize that Gothel has kept her from a world that's not that bad at all.
So, let's get to the point where she goes and sees the lights. Eugene goes and tries to give what he originally wanted to the Stabbington Brothers. She starts to worry, but she doesn't rush after him immediately. She then is tricked sa pamamagitan ng Gothel. She was SET UP, and Gothel came up with a very clever plan, so of course she would be tricked sa pamamagitan ng it.
She then finds out she was the Nawawala princess. That did take her a little bit longer than I thought it would, but I don't think that makes her stupid. She then stands up against Gothel. After standing up to her, Flynn comes, he cuts Rapunzel's hair, he dies, and all of that.
Anyways, there's not really anything at the end if the movie to analyze or talk about, concerning Rapunzel's intelligence and being good-role model worthy, so I believe that wraps it up. :3
Anyways, thank you for reading. :)