Broken Wings



The recently released Maleficent retells the classic fairytale, Sleeping Beauty, with a twist. The viewer gets to follow Maleficent’s point of view, step inside her complex mind and once tender heart to watch as she shows the events leading up to evil darkness. It is my all time favourite fairytale.


In the beginning we see a joyful, spritely Maleficent, Princess and Protector of the Fairyland Moors, joyously winging throughout her kingdom. True to fairytale fashion, along trots a charming Prince. Maleficent possesses human qualities; she possesses an affectionate heart that she entrusts to a flawed Prince, a charming yet disconcerting combination of assets.


The pivotal, foreboding moment is the scene where the vulnerable Maleficent awakens upon the forest floor to discover her coveted dark wings cut off by the hand of the Prince, a man she loved. As her fingertips reach up to stroke the stump of a feathery soft wing, the reader senses impending doom. Betrayed, a haunting scream echoes throughout the moor, sending forth shivers of angst throughout the kingdom and beyond.



  1. Betrayal is the breaking or violation of a presumptive contract, trust, or confidence that produces moral and psychological conflict within a relationship amongst individuals, between organizations or between individuals and organizations.
  2. Betrayal – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


The saddest thing about betrayal is that it never comes from your enemies; it comes from those you love. There are degrees of betrayal, small slip ups to ever-increasing pulsations of anger, jealousy and rage. Greed is the deadliest betrayal and unfortunately too common a reason for a despairing action. Evil takes hold of mind and heart.

Of course light must trump darkness. Maleficent’s heart softens by a raven’s loyal friendship and enduring love from the child she betrayed at birth. There is madness. Our imprisoned Prince can’t escape the voices of his conscience or his yearning heart’s desire for Maleficent. Alas, the crown has tipped; it won’t be happily resolved for our doomed Prince.


As true to fairy tales, there is a happy ending.

Lana Del Ray’s hauntingly beautiful lyrics, “Once Upon a Dream”

We learn from fairy tales about good and evil, of how choice, especially greed affects another. We can choose to live from the heart.



~ I know, I know. Stereotypes must stop; in life Princesses betray Princes. Hollywood are you listening?

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Anna Watson

~ write like a painter

9 thoughts on “Broken Wings”

  1. That music clip was very different. Lana Del Ray (Elizabeth Woolridge Grant) has a way of softening all the hard consonants when she sings and she runs the words together. Makes it sound very soft and mellow. I’m glad I took the time to listen to it.

    1. It is such a sombre melancholy tune; I envisioned walking along darkened halls of a castle, the lyrics lovely and a bit dark- a “dream like” quality as the title tells- Once Upon A Dream. I wasn’t quite certain of it upon first listen; it grows on one- I think. Quite like this version!

      I find it fascinating to listen and think upon a song writer’s story lyrics.

  2. I want to see the movie so bad (even wrote a post about it last year), but I’ve been so busy I don’t have time to get to the movies. So frustrating! Thanks for this, Lynne.

      1. She is. The actress that plays Maleficent as a younger self, is lovely and that glimpse endears Maleficent to the viewer. We know that “once upon a time,” Maleficent was gentle and kind.

      2. Hmm, sounds a little bit like Elphaba (the Wicked Witch from Wizard of Oz) in the musical Wicked being “misunderstood.”

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