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you wouldn't understand by aquanut you wouldn't understand by aquanut
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don't let them in, don't let them see


To me, Elsa's ice powers represent whatever troubles or anxieties or aspects of ourselves we keep hidden and are afraid to show to others for fear of hurting them or of being judged or rejected. Elsa shuts Anna out first and foremost because she doesn't want to hurt her again, but I think she also believes that no one would be able to understand or validate her issues because they're so far outside the norm that she'd simply be rejected and feared... and with the pressure of being a responsible older sister as well as future queen, she doesn't want to let down Anna's expectations and image of her. But by attempting to maintain this facade of "normalcy" and refusing to trust even when it's obvious to Anna that something's wrong, she hurts herself most of all.
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ScratStitch Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
Nice piece of art. But I think that Elsa always knew that Anna would accept her because she had before. The rest of the kingdom, yeah, she was afraid of what they'd think (and also afraid of accidentally hurting her subjects with her powers), but what do you expect to happen to a person when some dumbass old troll shows you an image of you being killed by an angry mob at age nine, and then says "By the way, don't be afraid"?
aquanut Featured By Owner Edited Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I think Elsa was shutting Anna out primarily to protect her, so that she wouldn't be able to accidentally hurt her again, and it would have been very difficult for Elsa to explain that considering that nobody was supposed to know about her powers. Also, Anna may never have known about the destructive potential of Elsa's powers since as children they seem to have only used them in games, so Elsa may still have been concerned about Anna's reaction if she found out (whether or not she should have been); I think most people would feel nervous about revealing such a big secret about themselves to someone, because no matter how much they care about and support you, they may not know how to deal with it. Even if Elsa did know that Anna would accept her, she may still have been concerned that Anna would encourage her to use her powers like she had as a child, and since Elsa was putting all of her energy into suppressing them as she'd been instructed, she wouldn't have wanted that conflict of interests to distract her from doing what she felt was right.
ScratStitch Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
Very well thought out analysis. :) That's one of the many reasons I'm glad Life's Too Short WASN'T used in the film. It's very important for Anna to always accept Elsa for who she is, and to never want for her to put the gloves back on.
aquanut Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A very good point! The key to the film was Elsa realizing that Anna loved her no matter what, and now that I see that I can accept that Life's Too Short didn't belong in the final work, as catchy as it may be.
uxv Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful painting, both characters and the background are excellently done :D.

Also, when it comes to not hurting Anna, watch out for those fingers ^^;!
crazed-monkey Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014
The scenes from their childhood are just downright heartbreaking. I love this movie, but dear God, those scenes just feel like such a punch in the gut. Still, that is the mark of well told story, so I don't really mind.
aquanut Featured By Owner Edited Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I think the "Do You Want to Build a Snowman" sequence is one of the most emotionally powerful in the movie. There's a fanmade reprise that makes it even stronger IMO.

I think my favorite parts of the movie are the most heartbreaking ones, so I wouldn't have minded if there had been more... but then, I wanted the whole movie to be about Elsa's angst, so Disney's probably wise not to pander to me. :P
TosoTamashi Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a wonderful interpretation  Emoji31  

I can relate with it a lot.
aquanut Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm happy to hear that, I'm glad you found it meaningful. =)
CanisLupusDingo Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014   General Artist
Another really nice analysis! I wish this theme had been focused on a bit more in the movie, because it's something a lot of people struggle with--I know a few people who would rather try to shut themselves away from the world out of fear of hurting someone or being hurt, even if it means pushing away their closet friends. These people tend to need a friend more than they realize (or would like to realize).

Also, don't  think I mentioned this before, but I really love your art style. It's very unique and gorgeous, especially the expressions and colours.
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