In Frozen, on the other hand, we see a lateral relationship, i.e. between siblings- more accurately sisters- at the center of the story. Siblings are the second most important figures (following parents) in our lives, who influences our psychic development. Anyone who has sisters or brothers can attest to that. Some readers might have even heard of a theory on birth order and its effect on personality. (See this page for more information.)The most poignant part of the story to me was when Anna got saved by her sister’s love, not by Prince Charming’s love. The relationship we build later in life with our life partners are very important of course, but it is a well-known fact that we are often not so good at our choice of partners, at least the first time around. Hence the 50 % divorce rate in the Western world. But our love for our sisters and brothers, no matter how different we are, is the true love as Frozen suggests.
"Our brothers and sisters are there with us from the dawn of our personal stories to the inevitable dusk" ~ Susan Scarf Merrell (1995, p.15)
Some writers argue that the significance of the sibling bond has been underestimated in psychoanalytic literature. Consider the quote above. Our siblings, under "normal" conditions, are the only people, who would continue to co-exist with us, long after our parents pass. That is what happened in Frozen: Anna, left orphaned, never gave up on her estranged sister, Elsa.
No matter the quality of our relationship with our siblings, the bonding we established with them is very significant and Frozen was able to capture this human experience. I can't wait to see my siblings next week and tell them "they are sometimes annoying, but I LOVE them".
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