Here I go.
I remember thinking that Rapunzel was the most identifiable character for people in abusive relationships – a person who was emotionally abused but also completely dependent by the only person she ever knew and loved.
I thought this scene extremely symbolic for those who were trying to get out of those types of relationships – most victims of abuse become isolated through the manipulations of their abuser, and become completely dependent on them to provide their way of living. Most of the time they have no money, no friends, and the abuse makes them believe they’re not worth anything to anyone. To take that first step, to run away into a world with nothing, takes immeasurable amounts of courage. It’s frightening.
So here’s Rapunzel, fearful and hesitant, but taking that first step into the light.
I hope this piece is a small voice of sympathy to those who have weathered that storm.
Rapunzel is the seventh in my Disney Women Series.