Disney fans have a long history of reading into Disney films. Especially where The Little Mermaid is concerned, fans have dug deeper, searching for hidden meanings, unexpected visuals, and connections to other Disney stories.
Perhaps that's why an Facebook user's unobtrusive fan theory about a plot hole in the Little Mermaid has set the Internet spinning over the past day. But is it really a plot hole? Let's take a closer look.
Facebook user Mary Falls spent some time on Saturday musing about a plot hole in the classic Disney film about a bubbly redheaded mermaid who trades her voice for a chance to win the heart of the human prince she's fallen in love with. Mary suddenly realized the entire plot could have been avoided with ease if only Ariel knew how to write:
I found myself thinking, Ariel could have saved herself a lot of trouble if she had just learned to read and write. She could just scrawl out an explanation of her situation for Prince Eric like, "Hey Blue Eyes, I saved your life and then you fell in love with my voice, which I could probably get back if you just used your love to try to suck it out of my throat through my mouth here," but like nicer and in princess language.
But before we handwring too much over poor Ariel's ignorance, recall, as Mary did, that Ariel is royalty. She's undoubtedly received a good education, as evidenced by her interest in the world above the surface. And she is in fact perfectly capable of reading and writing, which we know because we watch her sign her name to the contract that seals her fate.