I like the “cursed” princesses. Or maybe it’s the sleeping factor, but Aurora is in my top five princesses.
I think part of the Aurora appeal is her name, or names. She has three of them! The movie is called Sleeping Beauty because she was The Sleeping Beauty, and even though a lot of people call her that, it isn’t her name. Her real name is Aurora, but when Maleficent placed her “gift” upon the young princess, the King and Queen demanded that she be taken by the three good fairies elsewhere.
When Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather took Aurora into the Forrest to hide from the spell Maleficent had placed on her, they changed her name to Briar Rose, because if she had heard her name called, and been likened to the Queen, she would have been in trouble.
The curse Maleficent gave Aurora was that on her 16th birthday, she would prick her finger on a spinning needle and fall dead asleep. Even though she had been hidden away from all spinning needles and the entire castle, she still managed to prick her finger. The entire castle fell into a deep sleep, and Maleficent took over. Only true love’s kiss could wake her.
I think I’m also partial to ladies who fall asleep – that sounds a bit creepy. I guess that I love to sleep, and I see that appeal in Snow White and Aurora, along with Giselle.
For those of you who haven’t seen Sleeping Beauty, get on it. It’s a lovely old movie with serious adventure and some silly dance scenes. And of course, Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather are always there to lighten up the less enchanting parts.
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