her intentions were not pure, but you have to admit mother Gothel gave Rapunzel so much love during all her life!! She didn´t have to, how many step mothers just don´t show love to the children? but mother Gothel did, and for that, Rapunzel loved her so much! and all through the movie, Rapunzel was filled with caresses and considerations (she noticed the hidden motifs until the very end of the story, so she was, practically, a happy girl all her life, thanks to mother G, right?)
I agree. I really want to believe that Mother Gothel truly did love Rapunzel apart from the whole flower thing and Rapunzel the same thinking of Gothel as a true mother. Plus, when Gothel falls, Rapunzel reaches out her ams as if to grab her or stop her. This is a really adorable picture.
If it makes you feel better, the REAL witch from the real Rapunzel story was actually way over protective of Rapunzel, and not because of her hair. I use to love this story when I was little--long before the movie came out. I loved it so much that--in the 90's--at my 1st grade costume parade, I requested my mother make me a Rapunzel costume.
Here's how the original story went. When Rapunzel's parents were expecting her, her mother had food cravings and her father would sneak into the witch's garden and steal from the witch. One day, he was caught stealing the plant called "rapunzel." I forget some of the details, but ultimately the price is that since the witch wanted a child and could not have one, the couple had to give up their child to her. The baby was named "Rapunzel" because that was what the father had been stealing when he was caught.
As the girl grew up, she became very beautiful and had amazingly long, beautiful hair. The witch, seeing how beautiful she was now becoming and afraid that someone would someday take her away, hid her up in a tall tower where no one could see her. The girl's hair was so long that she climbed it like rope to reach her. One day, however, a prince discovered Rapunzel and the two fell in love. When the witch found out, she cut off Rapunzel's hair so no one could climb up without her knowing. When the prince next came, it was a trap. The witch blinded him. It was Rapunzel's tears that cured his blindness, and she was carried off by the prince to his castle to become his bride.
So...the original witch to me always sounded like a lonely, crazy, and really overprotective mother, if you think about it. But the Disney spin on the story is interesting, too. I like both versions, to be honest.
Her death upset me..She still could have gotten up and caught her. I have am own AU two really.
1) Still dies, but Rap does more then, just reaching out. That was so hmm! >_<! You see her jump up, and reach for her, grabbing her wrist. And the cam zooms up. She's all. "..I got you, mother..." Then she slips shes all "NO!!!"
2) (think of this playing like real scene...)SHE DOES get her..and she put in jail, and on trail...but Rap seeks in to jail. Biting on her bottom lip, as she reaches for bars holding them tightly A few mins of dead time, she just holding the bars, and you hear her breathing. She soon breaks silence by saying "...You have controlled me my whole life." pulling away from the bars, herself all pathetically, looking down at the floor. "But..You never actually hurt me.." shrugs, and does her nervous/unsure head sway back and forth, holding herself, recalling everything all event that were tender, and loving from the past. "..But you were all I knew, I was taught to beileve you as my mother, and can't stop believing that." Lifts eyes to a haggy Gothel, casted in shadow, by lightly cast in moonlight from one cell window "..Not even know..after everything..." Zoom up on Gothel, eyes (some more sobby instrumental music box version of Mother knows best) Then jumps back to a a in profile rap, who frees herself from her own tight embrace, slowly and does a quick nod. Where she reviles a key to Gothel, and you see her eyes again starting form tears, as you hear cell clicking open, and you see close up of her head in frame, and long shot of her rap opening the cell. "....I.. Shouldn't " Gothel gets up, before she can finish and cups her mouth all,. "Shhhh...shhh..there comes a time when a mother has to let her daughter go...As a daughter has let her mother go..." Rap tears start to flow, as you see fall down her cheeks, down to gothel hands.
Then with a cute cafty writing its like reprise scene of ending of mother know best. (only add creaking voices, because of their tears and sobs) "Rapunzel..?" Pulls her hand away, as she looks up. "..Promise me, you will never come looking for me..." She weakly nods. "...I will miss you..." " I will miss you, the most" kisses her head...
When you hear a jail doors rattle main ones, and their fairwell is cut short...as she runs off into the night