Some Lessons from Megara

Megara

I like some Disney stories and recently I’m a little bit obsessed with Megara. Do you know Megara? She’s Hercules’s love interest. In Greek mythology, Megara was the oldest daughter of Creon, king of Thebes. However in Disney version, her family background is unknown.

Megara is different from other Disney girls because she’s not even a girl. She’s a woman. If you look for role model for girl in Disney, you can look at Belle because she likes to read, or Tiana because she believes in working hard to reach her dream.  When a girl grows up into a woman, she still have to read and work hard to reach her dream. Beside that, she will find difficulty, make mistakes, and have to deal with the consequences. She need more role models and Megara can be one.

According to Disney Wikia, Meg is the first Disney female heroine who had an ex boyfriend. She had saved him but he left her. Then she fell into Hades’ trap. Her past made Megara skeptical about love. She’s not like other Disney girls who seem to be “innocent” and “inexperienced” in love.

I don’t mean that girl should have boyfriend to learn. Even so, let’s face it, many of us have made that mistake. You know, falling in love to the wrong person. Falling in love is actually a natural thing because love at the first sight does exist and you can blame dopamine and oxytocin for any irrational thing that happens when you fall in love. Just because it’s natural, it doesn’t mean that you can marry or have a relationship with anyone you’re falling in love with. When Meg was in love with Hercules, she didn’t admit it at first. She took time to think it over because she didn’t want to make the same mistake.

Another thing to note from Meg is her sassiness or, my friend call it her “like a boss” attitude. Watch this video and you will know what I mean. I like when she introduced herself by saying, “Megara. My friends call me Meg. At least they would if I had any friends.” She also taught us thing about men. “Well, you know how men are. They think ‘No’ means ‘Yes’ and ‘Get lost!’ means ‘Take me, I’m yours,’ ” said Meg.

My obsession with Meg came to the point when few days ago, Lady Slytherin and I browse through pictures to print as stickers. After we finished, I asked, “One more picture please. May I add Megara?” She said, “You like Megara? Oh well, but why?”

Anyway, I found two interesting articles about Disney’s Megara and Hercules:

Meg from Disney’s ‘Hercules’ Is One of the Best Role Models for Women

Proof that “Hercules” is One of the Most Underrated Disney Movie Ever

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