BRAVE is a Disney Pixar animation movie released in the year of 2012, directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman. Brave is the story of Merida, a princess who is free spirited but is trapped in conventional norms by her family and clan. The story goes when Merida, by the help of a witch changes her mother into a bear by mistake and their adventures to release the spell.
If we look at the other Disney princess stories, all of them are focused on the romance between the princess and her happily ever after guy. The ultimate dreams of these princesses are fulfilled by or through the help of these masculine characters and the story ends in their marriage. So, basically these fairy tales shows the dependence of feminine protagonists over the male characters in the story.
Merida is an exceptional Disney princess who doesn’t fit into the typical characteristics of other Disney princesses. Merida is strong, independent, and the one who easily rejected the suitors by proving she is more expert. She breaks every rules of patriarchy and does what she was told not to. The story is focused on developing a strong relationship between the female characters rather than focusing on the romantic relationship.
Merida is a princess who wanted to write her own story and proved a girl does not need a prince or a man to fulfil her dreams or to have adventures. The movie concludes with Merida saying,
“There are those who say fate is something beyond our command, that destiny is not our own. But I know better. Our fate lives within us. You only have to be brave enough to see it.”