She’s one of Disney’s most beautiful princesses and one of the most iconic with her colour changing dress and luscious blonde locks. Aurora, Briar Rose, Sleeping Beauty, whatever we call her is a Disney princess who girls and boys all across the world have adored and will continue to adore. Regarded as one of Walt’s original three, coming in third after Snow White and Cinderella, Aurora is the epitome of a gracious and flawless princess.
What has been noticed in particular about Aurora when comparing her to her fellow princesses is that she has the least number of lines out of any of them across one film. 18 lines of pure, unadulterated femininity greet our ears and she graces our screens for a whole 18 minutes. But this doesn’t mean that she is any
less important. The original three are quiet, beautiful, graceful and romantic. They dream of more to life and are fixated on that famous prince charming to come and sweep them off their feet. Daintily, they frolic around, they talk to animals, sing pretty songs and believe that kindness and compassion will cure anything evil. To say that they play more of a ‘damsel in distress’ role is accurate; they wait for the prince to rescue them, the actions of others affect their happiness and they’re generally not pro-active. But they have inner strength. They stay true to themselves and prove that resilience and kindness will get you through the hardest of times. Aurora is no different. She lives a cosy life with the three fairies, unknowing that she is a royal and that her aunts are actually magical creatures that can fly, until her 16th birthday when she is given the news (all at once, it’s worth noting) that she is a princess with two parents she never knew about and is betrothed to a man she has never met (or so she thinks..). That’s a lot to take on for a girl who’s lived in the woods for 16 years.
Her reaction when she is dressed in a beautiful princess gown with a golden tiara
on her head and left alone after learning all of this news is to break down crying in front of the mirror. It would be safe to assume that Aurora is a little weakling, but she’s quite the contrary. Her breakdown is normal – heck, I’d probably burst into tears at 16 if I was told that my life had all been a lie. To also be told that you’re betrothed to marry a random prince when you’ve already met a guy in the forest that you quite fancy (conveniently the same man in this) isn’t great news. She’s not been brought up as a princess, so she doesn’t know how to hold in her emotions. She hasn’t been taught how to hold a poker face or how to smile when crumbling from the inside. She shows herself as a normal teenager like any one of us and we can totally relate (except her skin is flawless and her body has clearly already gone through puberty).
It’s a shame that she doesn’t speak more. I’m sure she would be a sassy princess with a lot of opinion given the chance (as we have seen in the wonderfully made up screenshots found on Tumblr and other such websites) but we love her just the same. Her lack of voice is made up for in her singing and she successfully tells us how she’s feeling by dancing through the forest and singing her song, which consequently attracts Prince Philip. I’ve read a lot of stuff online about how it’s not right that she doesn’t speak much, but where she is the main character, the story actually concentrates more on how the three fairies elude Maleficent’s attempts to kill the princess for 16 years. Her quietness does not coincide with her strength, something that we can see very clearly throughout.
Aurora is one of the most loved princesses, and the variations of her character that come out over the years will be ever stronger and perhaps more chatty, but one thing is for sure that there will never be a Sleeping Beauty who beats the original.