Frozen Overanalyzed

The Art teacher in me thinks that Anna and Elsa represent the right and left brains? Or (proof I teach middle school) Elsa is OCD while Anna is ADHD.

The Civics teacher in me thinks that Elsa represents reactionary conservatism, while Anna is a pie-eyed liberal (see another musical, ‘Annie.’)

Ah, but it’s the theology buff in me that sees not just law & gospel. Most of all it makes me think of this-

1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

This is the lesson of this movie. That’s why it was a big deal that it was the first Disney fairy tale where the act of true love isn’t a romantic kiss, but instead an altruistic sacrifice, in fact, a Christ-like sacrifice.

As Jesus said in John 15:13, Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

And as a fan of existentialist philosophy & psychology, I see it as a movie about how some of us are so dominated by worry & fear that we try too hard to control our selves & others, whereas others, are more open. Open to experiences, en to relationships, open to risks and trust.

However you interpret it, may this new year be one in which love vanquishes fear and joy, hope & peace all crowd out anxiety, angst and anger.

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