Did you know? In early versions of the script, Ursula and King Triton were siblings? This was something that was carried on to the Broadway adaption, even going further into the back story stating that Poseidon was their father. In some adaptions of the Broadway play it is stated that Ursula grew power hungry and decided to kill off her father in order to gain the throne, the only person to witness her doing this was Ariel’s mother, who she soon murdered to keep it a secret. In a fit of anger in the play she confesses to all of these crimes. Twisted family huh?
Old Ursula is always a villain that I really liked just because she never did anything wrong. She gave Ariel all the details right up front and didn’t keep anything from her. Honestly, I have to say that it is completely Ariel’s fault that all the things happened. Besides her bad intentions, Ursula did nothing wrong. She made an honest deal with Ariel and she didn’t break any rules.
Honestly, I think this is a good lesson. Some people who may appear to be evil cheats may be completely honest people who just play you. “Love can overcome the biggest of obstacles,” isn’t the only moral of The Little Mermaid. “Be cautious around strangers,” and “Do not commit to something you can’t handle” are both more relevant and more apparent themes.