I dedicate this post to my 6-year-old granddaughter Gili, probably the world’s #1 fan of Queen Elsa, from Disney’s “Frozen.” I admit to having personally contributed not a few dollars of the billion dollar sales of Frozen merchandising in my effort to feed Gili’s fascination.
In a blog post on kveller.com, there is an a counter-intuitive comparison between the Disney heroine Queen Elsa, and Queen Esther, the heroine of the Old Testament Purim story. Esther was the queen who risked her life to persuade her Persian husband, King Ahasuerus, to rescind the genocidal plot by Haman to kill all the Jews in Persia. Here are three ways in which kveller.com compares Queen Elsa’s wild popularity with Queen Esther’s historic bravery.
1. Outsiders rule. Elsa’s power to emit ice from her fingers causes her to be considered a “monster” and a “freak.” She is so concerned about her “otherness” that she flees to the North Mountain, abandoning her kingdom. Esther is also an outsider, because she is Jewish. Both outsiders end up on the inside, ruling their respective kingdoms with their otherness fully revealed. They both transition from ostracized other to ruling royal.
2. Help helps. Elsa and Esther don’t achieve their success alone. In both cases, family support is essential to their growth. Elsa has the help of her sister Anna, while Esther has the help of her uncle Mordechai.
3. Put your people before your personhood. Both queens have an interest in the betterment of their people, not just themselves. Esther risks her life for the greater group, and Elsa exiles herself from her own kingdom out of fear she might hurt one of her subjects.