I love Tangled so much. The movie is so much more than a story about an adventure and falling in love. It’s about escaping your personal prison, standing up to the one(s) who abuse you, and making sacrifices for those you love. Rapunzel’s tower was her cage, she was never able to leave. She was trapped in isolation, her only human contact was with an abusive mother, and her only friend was a chameleon. Yet to get through the years of her imprisonment she stayed alive by her lifelong dream, to see the lanterns. To me the lanterns represent her escaping, being set free, the flame symbolizing hope. Her dream was literally hope, and hope is what kept her sane. Also the creators accurately portrayed verbal and emotional abuse, and every time I watch the way Mother Gothel treats Rapunzel I’m reminded of my own father. For years I always believed it was my fault for all the bad things that happened because he would blame me, that it was my fault that my mom and him would argue. I always could be approved upon, and I was never right. And let’s not even get started on the physical abuse. I don’t know how many times he said that most people would consider what he was doing as child abuse, but they were a bunch of crazy liberals that didn’t know anything and didn’t understand how real families worked. And I believed him, even today I struggle with what has happened in my life, not being quite sure if it’s my fault that I made him abusive or not. So when Mother Gothel says “especially when I did nothing wrong” strikes a cord with me, and hopefully young kids who are abused watch this movie and will recognize that it’s not their fault that their parent(s) abuses them. That it’s not their fault that their parent(s) want to crush them, brainwash them. Rapunzel has helped me come to terms with my own abuse, my own prison. Our homes were prisons, we were kept inside because we were told we were not good enough to face the world. At the end of the movie when she stands up to Mother Gothel and Flynn is on the verge of death, she still sacrifices her freedom to save Flynn and promises to stay with Mother Gothel forever. After finally becoming free and ring given the option to continue to fight, she gives it up so Flynn may live. Then Flynn sacrifices his life so Rapunzel may live, so she may finally be free. Yes the movie does have the happily ever after ending that most Disney movies have, but the path to this ending was hard. It was ridden with grief, abuse, emotional conflict, and sacrifice. I will forever love Tanlged, because Flynn didn’t just set Rapunzel free when he chopped off her hair, he set me free as soon as the glass was struck through her hair. He liberated Rapunzel, me, and so many others when he cut them from their burdens, which in Rapunzel’s case was her hair. Her hair symbolized all the pains of her life living in the tower, and when she was released of her long golden hair she was given a new start, a new life with her brunette pixie cut. Tangled has given me and others hope and a dream that we too can overcome our past and escape our towers.