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The Princess and the Frog

There are many movies that exist nowadays that people all around the world could learn from. Not many of us would think of an animated movie when asked about an impactful movie they had watched recently, but of course I did.

When I read this prompt the first movie that popped into my head was The Princess and the Frog. At first glance the movie might seem like another cheesy-happily-ever-after fairytale, but the movie is a wonderful exemplar of how goals are achieved by experiencing unexpected challenges which transform people into empathetic beings. I have a strong belief that people should be more aware of others’ cultures and backgrounds, and this film does a great job of celebrating economic and cultural diversity.

Tiana is a young black woman who has worked hard her entire life to achieve her ultimate goal of opening her own restaurant. Tiana’s best friend, Lottie, is the complete opposite of Tiana. Lottie is a wealthy princess whose only worry is finding her prince. The girls grow up together and learn from each other despite their different backgrounds. In the film Tiana meets Naveen, a prince who had everything handed to him as a boy, but soon has to learn how to survive on his own when his parents decide to cut him off economically. At first, Tiana and Naveen do not seem to get along due to their different ways of thinking. After they are both transformed into frogs they have to learn how to live with each other, and they soon learn important qualities from each other that enhance their lives. Naveen learns from Tiana that one has to work hard to achieve goals and not take the easy way out of situations. Tiana learns from Naveen’s friendship that she has to live in the moment rather than always focusing on the future. At the end of the movie Tiana has achieved an important balance of having to work hard, but also enjoying life. The relationship between the characters demonstrates to the viewers that people can learn a lot from people who are different than them. Instead of rejecting Naveen and Lottie because they are different than her, Tiana accepts them and learns from them which leads to her eventual success in life (she achieves her dream of having her own restaurant).

Success can be described in many different ways by many different people. Success in this film is portrayed as being able to learn traits from others who are different than you and being able to apply those traits to their lives. Being willing to learn about others makes a person more understanding and compassionate. A person who learns to communicate with a diverse set of people is more likely to make decisions based on the well being of others and not just themselves.

In the present day it is obvious that many people are not willing to help other societies due to the lack of connection they feel towards them. If people were more open about learning about others’ beliefs and experiences like the characters in The Princess and the Frog are, then society would hesitate less to help each other.

 

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