HE WAS GOING TO DIE AND HE USED HIS REMAINING STRENGTH TO FREE HER… THIS IS HOW YOU OTP
YOUR OTP COULD NEVER
I often see things online about how Eugene should have waited to be saved, then cut her hair, or that he shouldn’t have cut as much, etc. but I feel like those people are missing the entire point.
Ok first of all, Eugene had waited for Rapunzel to heal him, who knows what would have happened, because Mother Gothel could have come and taken her away immediately. He instead makes the selfless decision with the little bit of strength that he has, to risk his own life in order to save Rapunzel. But more importantly: Eugene was selfish his entire life - mainly because nobody was ever looking out for him. He grew up poor and in an orphanage, so he had to be selfish in order to survive, which is why he turned to thieving. This moment is the moment where everything changes. It is the one time in his life that he puts someone else first.
Second: The symbolism behind the fact that he cuts her hair should tell you everything. All of Rapunzel’s life the only person who she ever knew to love her, didn’t actually love her, but she loved her hair. Gothel was always shown looking, talking to and kissing Rapunzel’s hair, and not really ever Rapunzel herself. Eugene, on the other hand, fell in love with Rapunzel the PERSON. He saw her as another human being, and he saw her heart. That is why he cut her hair - her hair didn’t matter to him because the magic was INSIDE her. He knew that and thus knew that even as he died, she would live a happy life because of how beautiful she is on the inside.
That was beautiful
Disney Thoughts: Mother Gothel’s Death
This may have been talked about before, but I just wanted to point out how absolutely perfect Gothel’s death was. It was possibly the most fitting death to a Disney villain besides Frollo, and here’s why I think so.
Eugene cuts Rapunzel’s hair with a glass shard. It didn’t have to be that, the writers could have easily made Gothel drop the knife and he could have used that. But they made it so that he cut Rapunzel’s hair with a broken piece of mirror, the same mirror Gothel has been looking at herself into for the past 18 years, the same mirror that represents her vanity and selfishness. In the perfect metaphor, she was killed by her own vanity. But then it only gets better.
When she starts to rapidly grow old, she looks in the mirror again to see what was happening to her. What she gets to see is a hundred skeletal monsters looking back at her. She sees what she was trying so hard not to be, and she sees it tenfold. She sees her true self, she sees the the panic and hatred and death in her eyes. And that is the last thing she ever gets to see. After this horrific image, she pulls the hood over her eyes before falling and turning to dust.
Gothel had the one of the most brutal deaths specifically for her character, and it was a risk that paid of because the writers created perfect justice in this scene.This just makes me respect the writers of this movie that much more.