As young girls grow up they look up to the ideal Disney Princess, whether that is Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Snow White etc. All these have princesses survive adversity by being beautiful, fragile and have a handsome knight to rescue them. This imagine stayed with me while reading Tennyson’s The Lady of Shalott. It was the fairy tale plot structure that Disney follows and the image of a woman cursed in a tower, singing. Both of them screamed Disney.
I have re-read it several times since my original reading and the picture of a Disney princess kept forming. However, I have to applaud Tennyson for giving me an ending I did not see coming. I wonder if Tennyson wrote this with the original folklore in mind? Was that why magic, the curses and the knights are involved? Or, what was Tennyson’s influence while writing The Lady of Shalott?
Did anyone else notice the similarities to the Disney princess and/or the fairy tale?