Archetypal Looking Glass: Disney’s Maleficent

Series: Archetypal Looking Glass

Spoiler Warning: Spoilers for Maleficent. Basically just all of the spoilers for Maleficent.

Trigger Warning: While I do think Maleficent is potentially triggering for some people I don’t know how best to express the specific triggers. I think that some of the relationships and events in the movie could hit some very specific abuse related triggers, and I discuss some of those relationships and events in this post. I can imagine that the loss of Maleficent’s wings, which I do not discuss at length, could also be triggering.

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Image Description: A poster for Maleficent, taken from IMDB.com. Maleficent, played by Angelina Jolie, takes up most of the foreground. She wears a black cloak and has her horns wrapped in leather. Her lips are full and bright red, and her skin is white. Her cheekbones are high and enhanced, and there is a crow perched near her shoulder. Behind her is Aurora, who long blond hair and is wearing a light blue dress. The background shows a large kingdom with a castle on one side and a wall of thorns on the other.

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ALG: Sex, Sleep, and Saviors From Aurora to Zelandine

Series: Archetypal Looking Glass

Spoiler Warning: Mild thematic spoilers for Maleficent

Trigger Warning: Discussion of rape

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Image Description: This Pre-Raphaelite painting by Edward Burne-Jones shows a sleeping maiden surrounded by her slumbering courtiers. The painting is the last major painting in a series of four entitled The Legend of Briar Rose. A poem was written by William Morris to accompany the paintings, which can be read here.

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