I was nervous about this film but, to my very pleasant surprise, it chose to illustrate the path of America's destiny right now and the challenges facing us and to discipline a certain group of Americans who risk turning the motherland into the old enemy (much like the princess herself choosing the right path in the film). Disney- Pixar's Brave demonstrates the importance of knowing our history and bonding the past with the present for the safety and happiness of all.The bear which took off the leg of the King is symbolic of the Soviet Union which wanted to take over the world after the end of World War II and spread the Iron Curtain over itself and Eastern Europe. The "taken leg" of the King symbolizes the King's standing in world order and society, the loss sustained in protecting what had to be defended from the Soviet Union during the Cold War (such as the CIA battles with the KGB and nuclear arms). Most importantly, however, Merida thinks this ravenous bear is what her mother is because her mother wants her to stick to tradition.
|Merida and a willow-of -the-wisp. In Dracula, they show where buried treasure is and the Count regularly goes out in search of them and that's how he amasses his fortune.|
|Just as the politicians have captured the "bear" (Queen Elinor) and Merida vows that they won't kill her mother, so Elinor symbolizes America and we have to be brave and not let those who are deceived kill "our mother."|
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