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Aladdin Freedom and Confinement

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Freedom and Confinement

SULTAN: Dearest, you've got to stop rejecting every suitor that comes to call. The law says you...

SULTAN & JASMINE: ...must be married to a prince.

SULTAN: By your next birthday.

JASMINE: The law is wrong.

SULTAN: You've only got three more days!

JASMINE: Father, I hate being forced into this. If I do marry, I want it to be for love.

SULTAN: Jasmine, it's not only this law. I'm not going to be around forever, and I just want to make sure you're taken care of, provided for.

JASMINE: Try to understand. I've never done a thing on my own. I've never had any real friends. Except you, Rajah. I've never even been outside the palace walls.

SULTAN: But Jasmine, you're a princess.

JASMINE: Then maybe I don't want to be a princess.

Disney movies usually make being a princess look awesome, but Jasmine isn't digging it. She's got some serious #PrincessProblems to deal with: she's being forced into a marriage she doesn't want, and her entire life so far has been restricted to the palace. She's just as caged as her pet birds.

JASMINE: Oh, I'm sorry, Rajah. But I can't stay here and have my life lived for me. I'll miss you. Good bye!

What do you do when your dad is forcing you to choose a prince to marry in the next three days? Run away. Jasmine can't take the repression anymore, so she makes a break for it.

ALADDIN: Well, it's not much, but it's got a great view. Palace looks pretty amazing, huh?

JASMINE: Oh, it's wonderful.

ALADDIN: I wonder what it would be like to live there, to have servants and valets...

JASMINE: Oh, sure. People who tell you where to go and how to dress.

ALADDIN: It's better than here. Always scraping for food and ducking the guards.

JASMINE: You're not free to make your own choices.

ALADDIN: Sometimes you feel so—

JASMINE: You're just—

BOTH: —trapped.

Aladdin and Jasmine come from opposite worlds, but they sure have a lot in common. Both of them are trapped in circumstances they didn't ask for. They're both in cages. Sure, Aladdin's cage is dirt and rat-filled, while Jasmine's cage is gold plated with pretty jewels on it, but they're both still cages. Now might be a good time to kiss, guys?

ALADDIN: What would you wish for?

GENIE: Me? No one's ever asked me that before. Well, in my case, ah, forget it.

ALADDIN: What? No, tell me.

GENIE: Freedom.

ALADDIN: You're a prisoner?

GENIE: It's all part-and-parcel of the whole genie gig. Phenomenal cosmic powers! Itty-bitty living space

ALADDIN: Genie, that's terrible.

GENIE: But, oh, to be free. Not have to go "Poof! What do you need? Poof! What do you need? Poof! What do you need?" To be my own master, such a thing would be greater than all the magic and all the treasures in all the world! But what am I talking about, here? Let's get real here. It's not gonna happen. Genie, wake up and smell the hummus.

ALADDIN: Why not?

GENIE: The only way I get outta this is if my master wishes me out. So you can guess how often that's happened.

ALADDIN: I'll do it. I'll set you free.

GENIE: Uh huh, right.

ALADDIN: No, really, I promise. After make my first two wishes, I'll use my third wish to set you free.

GENIE: Well, here's hopin'.

Awww. This is where we really start to feel for the Genie. He's not just some Santa Claus-type wish granter—he's a being with hopes and dreams. He wants to be free, not trapped in some lamp for the next 10,000 years. And Aladdin's gonna make it happen. Maybe…

SULTAN: Jasmine will like this one!

ALADDIN: And I'm pretty sure I'll like Princess Jasmine!

JAFAR: Your highness, no. I must intercede on Jasmine's behalf. This boy is no different than the others. What makes him think he is worthy of the princess?

ALADDIN: Your majesty, I am Prince Ali Ababwa! Just let her meet me. I will win your daughter!

JASMINE: How dare you! All of you, standing around deciding my future? I am not a prize to be won!

How dare they, indeed. Now we can see another reason why Jasmine hates her gilded cage so much. A bunch of dudes standing around debating about who she'll marry, without even asking her? We wouldn't like it, either.

ALADDIN: I can show you the world—
Shining, shimmering, splendid.
Tell me princess, now when did you last
Let your heart decide?
I can open your eyes,
Take you wonder by wonder
Over, sideways, and under
On a magic carpet ride.
A whole new world!
A new fantastic point of view.
No one to tell us no
Or where to go
Or say we're only dreaming.

JASMINE: A whole new world!
A dazzling place I never knew.
But when I'm way up here
It's crystal clear
That now I'm in a whole new world with you!

Sweet freedom. Can you think of anything more liberating than jetting off on a magic carpet ride over Europe and Asia? We can't. Aladdin and Jasmine have never been outside of Agrabah, and now they're seeing the world for the first time. It's an incredibly freeing experience for both of them. The world is so much bigger than they ever could have imagined. Maybe now they should kiss?

GENIE: Huzzah! Hail the conquering hero! Aladdin, you've just won the heart of the princess. What are you gonna do next? Psst, your line is, "I'm going to free the Genie." Anytime.

ALADDIN: Genie...I can't.

GENIE: Sure you can. You just go, "Genie, I wish you free."

ALADDIN: I'm serious. Look, I'm sorry—I really am. But they want to make me sultan—no!—they want to make Prince Ali sultan. Without you, I'm just Aladdin.

GENIE: Al, you won!

ALADDIN: Because of you! The only reason anyone thinks I'm anything is because of you. What if they find out I'm not really a prince? What if Jasmine finds out? I'll lose her. Genie, I can't keep this up on my own. I can't wish you free.

Oh, Aladdin, say it ain't so. Our hero knows he should set the Genie free, but he just can't. He's gotta keep his servant around to do his bidding and keep his lies up and running. It's a low point for Aladdin…and for the Genie.

ALADDIN: Not so fast, Jafar! Aren't you forgetting something? You wanted to be a genie, you got it! And everything that goes with it! […] Phenomenal cosmic powers! Itty-bitty living space.

It's the ultimate punishment for Jafar: life as an all-powerful genie, imprisoned in a lamp. Sure, he'll have awesome power, but he'll also be confined to the lamp and will be forced to do the bidding of others. Take it from the Genie—it's not a fun way to live.

GENIE: Al, no problem. You've still got one wish left. Just say the word and you're a prince again.

ALADDIN: But Genie, what about your freedom?

GENIE: Hey, it's only an eternity of servitude. This is love. Al, you're not gonna find another girl like her in a million years. Believe me, I know. I've looked.

ALADDIN: Jasmine, I do love you, but I've got to stop pretending to be something I'm not.

JASMINE: I understand.

ALADDIN: Genie, I wish for your freedom.

GENIE: One bona fide prince pedigree coming up. I—what?

ALADDIN: Genie, you're free!

GENIE: Heh, heh! I'm free. I'm free. Quick, quick, wish for something outrageous. Say, "I want the Nile." Wish for the Nile. Try that!

ALADDIN: I wish for the Nile.

GENIE: No way! Oh does that feel good! I'm free! I'm free at last! I'm hittin' the road. I'm off to see the world!

This is a sweet scene. The Genie is willing to forgo his freedom to give Aladdin and Jasmine a chance to be together, but Aladdin turns him down. He makes things right and sets the Genie free…even if it means losing Jasmine forever. Spoiler alert: it doesn't mean losing Jasmine. Hey, this is a Disney movie, after all.

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