Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann: the Perfect Disney Couple
Welcome to those of you joining me from DISTherapy and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 4th stop on our Magical Blogorail. This month we’re discussing the ideal Disney couples. To me, that means a couple that can go beyond the first blush, and can keep sweeping each other off their feet for years to come. I’ve gone to Port Royal to bring you Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann: the perfect Disney couple.
Captain Jack Sparrow is the over the top star of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, but if you dig a little deeper, you’ll see that the story is really all about Elizabeth Swann and her true love, Will Turner.
Elizabeth Swann behaves like a proper English lady, but she’s not afraid to stand up to a crew full of undead pirates and bully her way through just about anyone to rescue the man she loves – the blacksmith, Will Turner.
There’s more to this blacksmith than meets the eye as well. He’s spent his entire life in love with Elizabeth, and in the end he sacrifices everything for her, and finds himself in the process.
If that’s not a great love story, I don’t know what is!
The thing I really love about this story, and about Will and Elizabeth, are the Disney touches. Elizabeth Swann is as close to a princess as you can get in the Caribbean, and yet she’s the one running off to have adventures and rescue her prince. This trend toward stronger, more active and adventurous Disney princesses has been going on since the ’90s, and I’m a big fan. Girls who go out and get what they want are just more interesting than those who sit around waiting for life to come to them!
Will Turner might not be a prince – he is just a blacksmith – but he is the too-good-to-be-true Prince Charming. I love that he grows up through the course of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, from the moment where he must accept that one can be a pirate, and a good man, to the point that he captains the Flying Dutchman.
Above all, I love that these movies always end in happily ever after. They get intense at times. Will and Elizabeth face death and worse – together. Even after all that, they can still make the world stop for each other with nothing but a kiss. How many “real life” couples can say the same?
At the end of the last movie, Will Turner gets one day with Elizabeth before he must return to the Flying Dutchman for 10 years. After the credits, we see Elizabeth and her son come back to the shore to meet him. There’s quite a bit of debate surrounding that ending. Some say he gets just one day every ten years with his wife and 9-year old son. Others say that because Elizabeth was faithful to him, he is released from his curse and they can live happily ever after. What do you think?
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