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This may be common knowledge by now for Cassandra fans and Cassunzel shippers (and maybe other parts of the TTS fandom), but I’ve been thinking about the symbolism behind Rapunzel’s relationship with Cassandra and how it ties into her love of adventure. Note: this is not meant to bash other characters or ships; merely an observation about a character dynamic and its implications.
At the very start of the show in Tangled: Before Ever After, we are shown a great contrast in what Eugene and Cassandra represent for Rapunzel. We are shown that Eugene is ready to settle down and live that good life, most obviously shown by his desire to marry Rapunzel merely six months out from her first taste of true freedom in 18 years. Of course, Rapunzel doesn’t take this too well as she’s not ready to be confined to living in the castle yet - and understandably so!
Whereas with Cassandra, she is the one who takes Raps on a secret nighttime outing so the princess can clear her head and get a taste of that adventure she probably sought all those years in the tower. And throughout Season 1, Rapunzel and Cassandra continue to have adventures together around Corona, reflecting that symbolism of how Raps sees Cass as “always up for adventure” and, in a way, her chance for freedom. This is not to say Eugene or Frederic or anyone is trying to repress Rapunzel or take away her freedom… usually. But Cass is a near constant in allowing and accompanying Raps in her desire for freedom and adventure. The fact that Cass happens to be a badass warrior type who is always ready for a fight just reinforces the symbolism.
This continues into Season 2, except things become more strained between Raps and Cass as Rapunzel keeps pressing for more risky adventures while Cassandra urges caution but also becomes increasingly sidelined (from her point of view at least). The highlight of their adventure buddy dynamic is in Freebird when they sing about having the horizons stretching out before them and nothing to hold them down. But during the Great Tree episode and after, when Cass starts closing in on herself more, it seems like Raps is starting to lose her accomplice in her adventurous spirit.
So when Cassandra betrays Rapunzel and takes the Moonstone for herself, is it any wonder then that Raps spends Season 3 not seeking new adventures but returning to Corona and settling in? Or settling down? And becoming more interested in moving things forward with Eugene? I know there are other factors at play which should be remembered (Fred and Arianna lose their memories; Rapunzel has to take over in their stead; the purpose of their journey was finished, etc.) but I can’t help feeling sad that once Cassandra was gone - the woman who, in her own way, showed Rapunzel freedom and represented the outlet for her adventurous spirit - Rapunzel seemed to just… stop wanting adventure.
As if she had gone one adventure too far.
As if her pursuit of adventure led her down a path far darker than she could have imagined and she turned around and raced back to something more stable and comfortable, so to speak.
It’s a shame that she had to ‘lose’ Cassandra for that to happen.
Show yourself, I’m dying to meet you.
Show yourself, it’s your turn.
Are you the one I’ve been looking for all of my life?
Show yourself. I’m ready to learn!
MY FAVORITE SONGS FROM ANIMATED FILMS
➤ “Show Yourself” ❄️ FROZEN II (2019)
BEAUTIFUL PERSON AWARD! 🏆🌸💘 Once you are given this award you’re supposed to paste it in the asks of 8 people who deserve it. If you break the chain nothing happens, but it’s sweet to know someone thinks you’re beautiful inside and out!
Thank you, friend! 🥰💞