Sunday, 28 September 2014

Religious Studies | Frozen and Religion

 I have decided to start a new series, known as my religious studies series, where I will discuss ideas I have found interesting or different in my course and studies of religion. I know this may not appeal to everyone,  but it is something that really interests me and I thought I would share a few of my ideas with some of you because it might actually be of interest to someone! 

 My first post of this series is going to be Frozen and religion. I personally think Frozen is one of the best Disney films yet, I absolutely loved it. I have an Anna Bowl, two Frozen cups and a Frozen phone case and I'm closer to 21 than 5. Anyway, I really liked the message from Frozen and I saw some links to the Christian teachings. I am not a Christian myself, but as I have studied it for a long time and members of my family and friends are Christian, I feel as though I have a good knowledge of the teachings. My first two points are directly linked to Christianity, whereas my third point is just something we have discussed in my lectures which I felt fitted quite well with the Frozen film.

Love is Patient, Love is Kind - 1 Corinthians

 Love is the key theme in this film in my opinion. Love is what starts the ice because Anna makes Elsa so angry when she is declaring her love for Hans, but love is also what saves Arendelle from being frozen over forever. 

 Anna shows her love in going after Elsa and Kristoff, Olaf and Sven all show their love for Anna when she is hit by Elsa. True Love, Family Love and Friendly love all crop up at some point during this film. The main act of love though is when Anna is frozen and Elsa hugs her and shows she loves her which thaws her. This is when the sisters realise that love thaws evil and the ice begins to melt. Love being a key theme in Christianity, I think this is demonstrated clearly throughout Frozen. 

Sacrifice

 A key theme in Christianity is sacrifice. Jesus is said to have sacrificed himself for humanity's sins and the theme of sacrifice is one that comes through in this film as well. Although Anna sees Kristoff running towards her to save her, she sees that her sister is in trouble and immediately begins to run. Sacrificing herself to save her sister from Hans.

 Another example I would give is Elsa sacrificing her friendship with her sister to protect her. It was clear that they were incredibly close friends but then Anna is hit with ice. Elsa sacrifices being close to Anna and is locked away in her room and actually I saw this as a sacrifice on Elsa's behalf as she didn't want her to be hurt. 

Frozen and Feminism

 I think Frozen demonstrates some really important values. One of these is the equality of males and females. Usually it is the prince who saves the princess, but in this film it is the princess saving the queen and I think that is lovely, it shows that both males and females can have an equal impact on each other. It is a really powerful message and I think Frozen portrays it brilliantly as well.

Overall, Frozen is a great film, I think its impossible not to like it! It has some religious themes throughout it which I think is interesting because as far as I am aware disney isn't particularly religious - for me, it is a reminder that religion always affects popular culture, and popular culture always affects religion. 

 What have you thought of this post? Would you like to see more of this style of post?

4 comments:

  1. hehe Frozen is cute! It's my nephew's first birthday next weekend and I've been given the task of finding children's songs to play - Frozen songs are totally on the playlist!
    PS. It's okay to have frozen bowls/cup - I totally want a minnie mouse one!
    xoxo,

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    1. I loveee Frozen so much! Yes definitely include Frozen songs, everyone will love them kids and adults! I have a minnie mouse cup too, I just can't help it!
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  2. I absolutely love Frozen! This is such an interesting take on the movie, I did Religious Studies at A Level and I find things like this so intriguing, such a great post!

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    1. Frozen is amazing. Thank you! I'm pleased to see you enjoyed it, I was a little unsure whether to post it! Hopefully I will do some other style posts if you are interested. I love RS xx

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