Saturday, April 21, 2012

Mother Knows Best

DH and I recently watched Disney's Tangled and I finally realized why my fellow blogger Kiki chose Mother Gothel as the pseudonym for her NM. I will admit, I was not up on my Rapunzel well enough to fully appreciate Kiki's choice, until now. And Disney, in my opinion, hit that particular narcissistic nail  right on the head throughout the movie. In particular, her major soliloquy in the film is the perfect illustration of a narcissistic mother.

Mother Knows Best
performed by: Donna Murphy

Mother Gothel:
You want to go outside? Why, Rapunzel...!
Look at you, as fragile as a flower
Still a little sapling, just a sprout
You know why we stay up in this tower

Rapunzel:
I know but...

Mother Gothel:
That's right, to keep you safe and sound, dear
Guess I always knew this day was coming
Knew that soon you'd want to leave the nest
Soon, but not yet

Rapunzel:
But --

Mother Gothel:
Shh!
Trust me, pet
Mother knows best
Mother knows best
Listen to your mother
It's a scary world out there
Mother knows best
One way or another
Something will go wrong, I swear
Ruffians, thugs
Poison ivy, quicksand
Cannibals and snakes
The plague

Rapunzel:
No!

Mother Gothel:
Yes!

Rapunzel:
But --

Mother Gothel:
Also large bugs
Men with pointy teeth, and
Stop, no more, you'll just upset me
Mother's right here
Mother will protect you
Darling, here's what I suggest
Skip the drama
Stay with mama
Mother knows best
Go ahead, get trampled by a rhino
Go ahead, get mugged and left for dead
Me, I'm just your mother, what do I know?
I only bathed and changed and nursed you
Go ahead and leave me, I deserve it
Let me die alone here, be my guest
When it's too late
You'll see, just wait
Mother knows best
Mother knows best
Take it from your mumsy
On your own, you won't survive
Sloppy, underdressed
Immature, clumsy
Please, they'll eat you up alive
Gullible, naïve
Positively grubby
Ditzy and a bit, well, hmm vague
Plus, I believe
Gettin' kinda chubby
I'm just saying 'cause I wuv you
Mother understands
Mother's here to help you
All I have is one request
Rapunzel?

Rapunzel:
Yes?

Mother Gothel:
Don't ever ask to leave this tower again.

Rapunzel:
Yes, Mother.

Mother Gothel:
I love you very much, dear.

Rapunzel:
I love you more.

Mother Gothel:
I love you most.
Don't forget it
You'll regret it
Mother knows best

5 comments:

  1. *shudder*

    ...Off to download Tangled

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  2. wow... spot on... one of my friends suggested I watch Coraline, with her. She wanted to be sure I wasn't alone. These movies leaving me with a feeling of wanting to say, "I'm so sorry you understand, because it isn't difficult to guess how you figured it out."

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  3. The creepy thing for me is that Mother Gothel looks like a caricature of my mother!

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  4. I saw Tangled last year at my parents' (I was trying to be Good Daughter still--gak), and that whole spiel about "mother knows best" nearly sent me into spasms. Good thing my toddler nephew was there to keep me in check. Or maybe not... I might've saved myself a ton of grief if I'd pissed my mother off right then and there and not six months later.

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