Study Guide

Aladdin Truth

Truth

ALADDIN: Thank you kind sir. I'm so glad you've found her. I've been looking all over for you.

JASMINE: What are you doing?

ALADDIN: Just play along.

PROPRIETOR: You know this girl?

JASMINE: Sadly, yes. She is my sister. She's a little crazy.

PROPRIETOR: She said she knows the Sultan!

ALADDIN: She thinks the monkey is the Sultan.

JASMINE: Oh, wise Sultan. How may I serve you?

ABU: Well, blah blah blah blah.

ALADDIN: Tragic, isn't it? But no harm done. Now come along sis. Time to see the doctor.

JASMINE: Oh, hello doctor. How are you?

ALADDIN: No, no, no. Not that one. Come on, Sultan.

Okay, so right off the bat, we know Aladdin is good at lying. Here, his quick-thinking and his knack for falsehoods saves Jasmine. That's a good thing, though, right?

ALADDIN: Help me out!

OLD MAN: Throw me the lamp!

ALADDIN: I can't hold on. Give me your hand.

OLD MAN: First give me the lamp! Yes! At last!

ALADDIN: What are you doing?

OLD MAN: Giving you your reward. Your eternal reward.

Maybe Aladdin should have seen this lie coming. This old man was fishy from the beginning, but Aladdin heard the words "treasure" and "escape from the dungeon," and he was on his way. Can't say we blame him.

GENIE: Prince Ali! Fabulous he, Ali Ababwa! Genuflect, show some respect— Down on one knee. Now try your best to stay calm. Brush up your Sunday Salaam And come and meet his spectacular coterie. Prince Ali! Mighty is he, Ali Ababwa! Strong as ten regular men, definitely! He faced the galloping hordes! A hundred bad guys with swords! Who sent those goons to their lords? Why, Prince Ali!

We love this song. So catchy. But it's all one big lie: Aladdin is not a prince. The Genie set up all this stuff so that Aladdin could stroll in and win over Jasmine. Basically, Prince Ali is a big old fraud. But we love to sing along when the Genie tells us all about how great he is.

ALADDIN: Genie, I need help.

GENIE: All right, sparky, here's the deal. You wanna court the little lady, you gotta be a straight shooter, do ya follow me?

ALADDIN: What?

GENIE: Tell her the...TRUTH!

ALADDIN: No way! If Jasmine found out I was really some crummy street rat, she'd laugh at me.

GENIE: A woman appreciates a man who can make her laugh! Al, all joking aside, you really ought to be yourself.

ALADDIN: Hey, that's the last thing I want to be. Okay, I'm gonna go see her. I gotta be smooth, cool, confident. How do I look?

GENIE: Like a prince.

The Genie knows the deal—if Aladdin wants to have any chance with Jasmine, he needs to be straight with her. Seriously, how many long-term relationships do you know that are built on lies? Any? But Aladdin can't do it. Why would a princess want a street rat like him? Nope. He's gonna stick with the prince lie for now.

JASMINE: Wait, wait. Do I know you?

ALADDIN: Uh, no, no.

JASMINE: You remind me of someone I met in the marketplace.

ALADDIN: The marketplace? I have servants that go to the marketplace for me. Why I even have servants who go to the marketplace for my servants, so it couldn't have been me you met.

JASMINE: No, I guess not.

And more lies. This is not gonna end well for Aladdin. He's also too busy preening in his princely robes to realize that Jasmine would actually prefer the boy in the marketplace to this pompous prince standing on her balcony.

JASMINE: You are the boy from the market! I knew it. Why did you lie to me?

ALADDIN: Jasmine, I'm sorry.

JASMINE: Did you think I was stupid?

ALADDIN: No!

JASMINE: That I wouldn't figure it out?

ALADDIN: No. I mean, I hoped you wouldn't. No, that's not what I meant.

JASMINE: Who are you? Tell me the truth!

ALADDIN: The truth? The truth...the truth is...I sometimes dress as a commoner to escape the pressures of palace life. But I really am a prince!

JASMINE: Why didn't you just tell me?

ALADDIN: Well, you know, um...royalty going out into the city in disguise, it sounds a little strange, don't you think?

JASMINE: Not that strange.

Yes, telling the truth is hard…especially for Aladdin in this situation. He just keeps digging himself deeper into this prince lie. Jasmine has seen through it partially for now, but he still hasn't come totally clean with her. When does he plan to do this? On their 25th anniversary?

GENIE: 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.

GENIE: Hey, I understand. After all, you've lied to everyone else. Hey, I was beginning to feel left out. Now, if you'll excuse me, master.

Harsh words, Genie, but true. Aladdin made a promise, and he broke it. He's dug himself in deep with these fibs, and now he can't set the Genie free. Which means he lied to the Genie when he said he would set him free. The Genie calls this out for what it is.

ALADDIN: What am I doing? Genie's right—I gotta tell Jasmine the truth.

JASMINE: Ali, oh Ali—will you come here?

ALADDIN: Well, here goes.

Okay, so we'll give Aladdin some credit here. He does want to do the right thing, but then that weird thing happens in movies when one person tries to confess everything, but no one will let it happen. Seriously, if someone in real life tells you, "I have to tell you something," you drop everything and listen, right?

JAFAR: So Ali turns out to be merely Aladdin Just a con, need I go on? Take it from me His personality flaws Give me adequate cause To send him packing on a one-way trip So his prospects take a terminal dip His assets frozen, the venue chosen Is the ends of the earth, whoopee! So long, Ex-Prince Ali!

It's kind of a bummer that Jafar doesn't get a really good villain song in Aladdin. He does get this reprise of "Prince Ali," though, in which he unmasks Aladdin's lies and exposes him for the street rat he really is. It's embarrassing, but we can't say Aladdin didn't have it coming.

ALADDIN: Jasmine, I'm sorry I lied to you about being a prince.

JASMINE: I know why you did.

ALADDIN: Well, I guess this is goodbye?

JASMINE: Oh, that stupid law. This isn't fair—I love you.

Jasmine: the most forgiving sweetheart ever. She's not mad that Aladdin lied. She knows he only did it to get close to her. It's even kind of sweet in a way. Plus, it worked.

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