8 Ways Megara Is The Most Relatable Disney Character

8 Ways Megara Is The Most Relatable Disney Character

Personal growth is always relatable.
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The so-called "damsel in distress" of the Disney movie "Hercules" has always been one of my absolute favorite characters. She's not helpless; she's sassy, smart, and independent. Consequently, because she is so different from many other characters written before her, I find her to be the most relatable. Her character growth is one of the many reasons why Megara is so real.

1. She's carelessly confident.

Megara knows she's beautiful and she knows the effect she has on some people, but she doesn't necessarily go out of her way to use this to her advantage.

2. She's not immediately taken by a self-proclaimed knight in shining armor.

From the very beginning, she stood out from most of the Disney princesses by not really caring about the arrival of a beautiful, strong man. Hercules clearly tries to impress her from the moment they meet, but she doesn't put much stock in the encounter. I'm not sure I would have the strength to have the same reaction if I met Hercules.

3. She doesn't need anyone to save her.

Though I'm not sure how she would've gotten out of this situation, she seemed pretty confident.

4. She has a past.

Megara isn't just a simple character, she has a complex past in which she gave her soul to save the life of someone she loved, only for him to leave her for another girl. So in actuality, she's not perfect. She may be confident and independent at this point, but who she became was because of the obstacles she faced in the past. What makes Megara so real is that we can see that she was a completely different person in the past, but she became stronger and made the best of the situation she had in learning to simply care for herself.

5. She's honest about her feelings.

Although she had to deceive Hercules for Hades, she was completely honest with how she really felt. She made it clear that she didn't trust people.

6. Eventually, she can't help but to be charmed by the right guy.

Her facial expressions and body language reveal that she's still closed off, but is definitely falling for Hercules. At this point, we know she doesn't want to get hurt more than anything, but yet this particular guy is somehow breaking down the barrier.

7. She has inner battles.

She knows she cares about Hercules, but she is still at war with herself. Megara tries to talk herself out of the feelings she's forming for him. Sometimes we try to tell ourselves one thing when deep down we know we truly believe differently. As much as we tell ourselves how something won't be worth it, if the heart is already deeply involved then this is often a war our logical thoughts can't win.

8. She's not invincible.



From her feelings to a giant column crushing her--Megara isn't invincible in any way. She is made to be a complex character with a past who is strong in her independent beliefs. This is noble, but we all know eventually we can't be invincible to what we really feel. She sacrificed her own life for Hercules and in turn he also saved her and proved he was worth it. In the end, Megara was a normal woman who became who she was meant to be. Like all of us, she fought it for a while, but when the time was best, she rightfully gave in.




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7 Reasons Why Literature Is So Important

"Literature Is One Of The Most Interesting And Significant Expressions Of Humanity." -P. T. Barnum
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Today, there are too many people who believe that literature is simply not important or underestimate its abilities to stand the test of time and give us great knowledge. There is a stigma in society that implies one who is more inclined toward science and math will somehow be more successful in life, and that one who is more passionate toward literature and other art forms will be destined to a life of low-paying jobs and unsatisfying careers. Somewhere along the line, the world has come to think that literature is insignificant. To me, however, literature serves as a gateway to learning of the past and expanding my knowledge and understanding of the world. Here are just a few reasons why literature is important.

1. Expanding horizons

First and foremost, literature opens our eyes and makes us see more than just what the front door shows. It helps us realize the wide world outside, surrounding us. With this, we begin to learn, ask questions, and build our intuitions and instincts. We expand our minds.

2. Building critical thinking skills

Many of us learn what critical thinking is in our language arts classes. When we read, we learn to look between the lines. We are taught to find symbols, make connections, find themes, learn about characters. Reading expands these skills, and we begin to look at a sentence with a larger sense of detail and depth and realize the importance of hidden meanings so that we may come to a conclusion.

3. A leap into the past

History and literature are entwined with each other. History is not just about power struggles, wars, names, and dates. It is about people who are products of their time, with their own lives. Today the world is nothing like it was in the 15th century; people have changed largely. Without literature, we would not know about our past, our families, the people who came before and walked on the same ground as us.

4. Appreciation for other cultures and beliefs

Reading about history, anthropology, or religious studies provides a method of learning about cultures and beliefs other than our own. It allows you to understand and experience these other systems of living and other worlds. We get a view of the inside looking out, a personal view and insight into the minds and reasoning of someone else. We can learn, understand, and appreciate it.

5. Better writing skills

When you open a book, when your eyes read the words and you take in its contents, do you ask yourself: How did this person imagine and write this? Well, many of those authors, poets, or playwrights used literature to expand their writing.

6. Addressing humanity

All literature, whether it be poems, essays, novels, or short stories, helps us address human nature and conditions which affect all people. These may be the need for growth, doubts and fears of success and failure, the need for friends and family, the goodness of compassion and empathy, trust, or the realization of imperfection. We learn that imperfection is not always bad and that normal can be boring. We learn that life must be lived to the fullest. We need literature in order to connect with our own humanity.

Literature is important and necessary. It provides growth, strengthens our minds and gives us the ability to think outside the box.

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13 Songs That Will Get You In Your Feelings

Get some tissues and turn up your volume dial because you are about to cry. In the best way though!

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People need to start realizing it's okay to be sad! When you are feeling in the dumps, these songs will either uplift you or make you sadder. Pick your battle and let's do this!

1. Hopeful by Ta-ku

This is a melodic, instrumental song that will melt your heart. Every time I hear this song, I reminisce and feel a jolt of love through my bones. There's also an amazing shift change towards the end of the song that is revitalizing.

2. Wait by M83

There's an 80% chance you have listened to this song once in your lifetime. It's probably because every movie wants a snippet of the song to display a sad or dramatic moment. Either way, this song makes me feel hurt every time I hear it.

3. Stranger In A Room by Jammie XX and Oliver Simm

Man, this song hits home for me. Have you ever been in a room with somebody that was once important to you and now they are just another stranger? Jamie already has a haunting voice over the song, and you feel paralyzed.

4. Is There Somebody Who Can 

SORRY I HAD TO... This song reminds me of my little brothers. Matty wrote this for his, so I think about how they are doing now that I am away from home. I have DEFINITELY cried to this song before.

5. The Night We Met by Lord Huron

This song is haunting because we can all recall a time we first met someone and how they impacted our lives. The echoing voice reminds me of another time. I will always appreciate this song.

6. BURY YOU by SBTRKT feat. The-Dream

I just remembered this song and got chills. The beat in this gets to you because this song is about putting a toxic person in the past and "burying them."

This Song Is Not About A Girl by Flume & Chet Faker 

"Cocaine heart is broken/time to retire," at least I think those are the lyrics. This song has an amazing buildup that will get you in or out of your feels. Chet Faker has a memorizing voice that deserves to be recognized.

Find You by Robert Glasper Experiment x KATYRANDA

Robert Glasper Experiment has a very interesting approach to jazz, and KATYRANDA knows his way around making a good beat. The lyrics of this song are relatable to anyone who has experienced a heartbreak. This song has gotten me through some hard times.

9. Rivers and Roads by The Head and The Heart

This song immediately reminds me of my best friend who lives in Chicago. She's far away from me and I miss her every day. "Rivers 'til I reach you" gets me through the stressful times in college when I know I will see her soon. I have cried with her listening to this song. Love you boo!

Daughters by John Mayer

I get major childhood memories listening to this song because my mom and dad used to sing me this song. Now that I'm getting older, this song will always be close to my heart.

11. Nikes by Frank Ocean

How could I forget to mention Frank Ocean? I just started listening to him a few weeks ago (I have been missing out on a LOT). He has a beautiful falsetto voice paired with chill beats. I find myself singing this song the most from his album. There are several Frank Ocean songs you can post for when you're in your feelings but this is the right song for me.

12.Get You by Daniel Caesar feat. Kali Uchis

Another artist to check out is Daniel Caesar. He has beautiful slow and romantic songs that make you want to live your fantasy. This has a positive outlook on relationships, so this puts me in my feels the right way.

13. Stay by Mac Miller

Last but CERTAINLY NOT LEAST, we have Mac. Even before the tragic news, this song (or entire album) put me in my feelings because it is romantic and funky and unique. This one is for you, we love and miss you dearly.

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