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Film Theory: Aladdin's Mistake - How to Marry Jasmine in ONE Wish! (Disney Aladdin)

Feb 22, 2020
Can we all agree that A Whole New World is like the most romantic Disney song of all time? I mean, a magical starlight flight around the world? Beautiful. And then you mix in some of the best lyrics of all time, like "When was the last time you let your heart decide?" Smooth as butter, Aladdin. "Soaring, spinning, spinning freely through an endless diamond sky." Beautiful poetry. "Don't you dare close your eyes." Uhhh... What did you say there? Let yourself know how to talk real about Aladdin. Maybe you don't need to be a prince to get Jasmine, maybe, I don't know, just stop interrupting your beautiful love song with creepy threats.
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Just say. Hello Internet, welcome to Film Theory, the YouTube equivalent of Abu: sticking my dirty paws into everything you don't want me to touch and then ruining it for everyone. Today we finally talk about Aladdin. Ah ha ha! Ah, that's hot. It's actually hot, YouTube and Tik Tok star Will Smith, because it being the holidays I finally got to see the Prince of Rap dressed as a Smurf for the Aladdin reboot, I have to be honest. There was a lot more screen time devoted to genie crushing a human maiden harder than he expected. The reboot really surprised me.
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I didn't expect to come away from this movie contemplating the physics of the Genie's human relationships. I'm glad I restarted this animated class to insert the clearly important story thread. Oh yeah, and to also insert the fact that Jasmine is totally awake in this version Even though she was already the most outspoken and independent princess from the original animated era But you know, maybe that was too subtle or maybe the Audience was simply distracted by her outfit back then. or something like that. So now we're going to hit you over the head with a song about being strong AF and having your own voice that, ironically, no one hears because it's a song that's happening in your head.
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Womp Womp. The mixed messages are confusing, but if I'm being honest, I really like this movie definitely more than I expected and definitely not as much as the original. That sums up my feelings about most of these live-action remakes, except for The Jungle Book, which was truly amazing. Anyway, as you may have suspected, revisiting this movie also led me to revisit all the old details people have about the movie's


system. Specifically the details about Aladdin's first


to become a prince. I wish you to make me a prince. I found it interesting. which in both the original 1993 version and the better for not being racist but worse for being entertaining live action remake that Aladdin's first wish ultimately goes nowhere It's a waste in both versions of the story It just doesn't work.
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Sure we get a delightful song and dance number, but both times Jasmine is less than impressed and Aladdin finally recognizes that she's the old street rat she was before, which honestly raises some interesting questions about how exactly the powers of the monsters work. geniuses. But that's a


for Another Day, obviously Aladdin's number one goal is to


Princess Jasmine and the law says she can only


a prince and the genie can't make people fall in love. So I understand where Aladdin is coming from with this wish, it is the best solution. that Aladdin can think of but it clearly doesn't work.
So that begs the question of what Aladdin should have done, given the rules the movie sets for its own universe and also the historical/political system the movie takes place in, what would have been the best wish Aladdin could have made for himself? Marry Jasmine and live. happily ever after in one wish that then leaves two others for I don't know what he wants... a lifetime supply of all 90 classic snacks? Doritos 3d You were so twisted and you are so dead before your time. So let's not waste any more time! Mr. Aladdin, sir, what should be his only wish?
Let's do some research and get creative. You've never had a


like mine. In order to give Aladdin the best advice possible, we must first narrow down where the events of the


take place so that we can at least give you an idea of ​​the political system we have. We're dealing with that because guess what Agrabah doesn't really exist. Now, we are obviously dealing with the Sultanate. He is the Sultan, but what exactly does it mean to be the Sultan? Well, a Sultanate is really just a term for any region ruled by a leader who bears the Islamic title of Sultan.
Historically, sultanates have been found from Turkey to Indonesia, which, as you can imagine, creates a big problem for us. We are talking about a huge area of ​​the world as such, it should not be surprising that different sultanates have different rules, different structures, different levels of mixing between religion and politics as such, it is extremely important to pinpoint the location of Agrabah so that we can give Aladdin precise and specific advice for each region. Luckily for us, we get some clues from the movies about where our fictional setting might actually exist. Some people are quick to point out that the design of the Sultan's Palace is terribly reminiscent of the Taj Mahal, would you know?
It is located in Agra. , India And Agra looks a lot like Agrabah, so many people conclude that Agrabah must be somewhere in India. But I really don't think that's our best conclusion. At the beginning of the animated Aladdin, the merchant mentions Agrabah's relationship with the Jordan River. The river is right next to the Mediterranean Sea in modern-day Syria, Israel and, unsurprisingly, Jordan. Also, the song Arabian Nights pretty much implies that we are in Arabia, which historically referred to what is now Saudi Arabia and the surrounding countries. So if we are in what is historically known as Arabia and have some proximity to the Jordan River, then Agrabah is most likely part of the Ottoman Empire, which stretched from Turkey across much of the Middle East from the 14th century to the early 19th century. twentieth century.
It is still a huge area, but much more attacked than before. So if we accept that Agrabah is located somewhere in the Ottoman Empire, is it a good thing that Aladdin wants to become a prince? Well, it depends on what you mean by prince. Strictly speaking, a prince in this form of government would literally be the son of the sultan. So if his goal is to marry a sultan's daughter, let's make sure to specify that he wants to be one. a foreign prince Otherwise, that wisecracking genius might fulfill his wish to the letter and marrying Jasmine might become super awkward.
Super fast depending on how the genie chooses to fulfill that wish. So, Aladdin must make sure that his wishes are airtight. He wishes to become a foreign prince. So that's the solution, right? Well, not really in the early days of the Ottoman Empire were marriages to foreign powers tactical, but Aladdin is supposedly the prince of a place so small and unimportant that Jasmine had never heard of it before. She can't even find it on a map. It is therefore highly unlikely that the Sultan would be willing to marry her to such a minor figure in the larger political scheme of things that he says that there is another consideration here: the Ottoman Empire was divided into provinces called eyalets which in turn They are divided into districts called sanjaks. and while the government of these provinces and districts was not hereditary, meaning that they should not have had princes per se, many of the sanjaks were established to serve lordships that had existed before the territory was part of the Empire, for Therefore, if Aladdin became part of the elite class of one of the sanjaks that can technically make him a "prince" eligible to marry Jasmin.
The problem here, however, is that he might be eligible at that point. It wouldn't be very special, there were hundreds and hundreds of sanjaks throughout the Empire. So again, any title related to that sanjak is unlikely to get much respect in Agrabah. It would be like coming to Washington DC and demanding respect because you're a member of the City Council of a small town in Montana. They've probably never heard of you, they probably don't care, they'll probably send you back to your flock. of buffalo So, Aladdin's desire to be a prince is not very good, whether you interpret it to mean that he would have to be related to Jasmine, disgusting, or otherwise a small player in a very local government. sums up why the wish he made wouldn't really work the way he did, which brings us to the question: What should work?
Aladdin has longed to be here. Well, since the Sultan made the law in the first place, why not? Stopping being a prince and going straight to the top he wants to become the sultan himself and could presumably change the law and allow Jasmine to marry whoever she wanted. What if Aladdin had wished to be a sultan? Unfortunately, there are two pretty big problems here as well. The first is that the genie's wish granting doesn't seem to magically affect everyone involved in that wish, so they automatically accept what the wish was. Jafar ends up learning this the same day. the hard way in the live-action remake of Aladdin when he himself wishes to be sultan and starts giving orders to the imperial guard and then fast-forwards one speech from Jasmine later and suddenly mutinies at her hands.
Let's think about this through the Imperial Guard, he basically just decides who do they want to follow? Regardless of who actually holds the title of Sultan and whether they are willing to turn against the Grand Vizier. The Sultan's closest advisor, do we really think they would have respected him? Aladdin's authority if he simply appeared and magically became Sultan? He would probably have been executed for trying to usurp the throne. And that's quite a mess that Aladdin doesn't want to get involved in. The Ottoman Empire wasn't exactly shy about committing executions and well, let's just say the quality of your execution could vary a lot.
If you were lucky, you got a quick and pleasant way to die, like being strangled by someone's bare hands. If you're unlucky, you might get hung from a meat hook Chainsaw Massacre style. The Ottoman Empire. He didn't waste any time And that's not all, let's assume that the Imperial Guard and the rest of the government were okay with Aladdin living as the usurping sultan. Even if they agreed to it, other people would definitely not see it. Succession in the Ottoman Empire. It was often quite a complicated matter. When a sultan died, any of his sons who wanted to claim the throne, spoiler alert was that all the sons carried out some kind of ancient fortnight, a battle royal in which the last one standing was the new sultan, but matpat .
Aladdin wouldn't have to worry about that because the Sultan's only child was Jasmine. You're absolutely right, but that doesn't mean he's out of the woods yet. And in later years, the Ottoman Empire practiced what is called Agnatic Succession. that the oldest living male in the dynasty would take power when the sultan died, so if the sultan had a brother, a cousin, or some cantankerous old uncle, any of them would probably have had a similar claim to the throne and could have boarded Aladdin and believe me when you took the throne that someone else wanted in the Ottoman Empire.
You were going to have a bad time. Murders happened all the time in this culture. There are now many murder stories from this period of history. But my personal favorite is Sultan Osman II, who was assassinated by a guy called Pehlivan, the oil fighter. No way, my friends. There is more to this story. You see the method of death in this murder. It is officially listed as a Compression of the Testicles appointment. Wow, there are so many questions, Pehlivan. In short, Aladdin will have a lot of problems if he wants to become the sultan. The best of which is that everyone ignores it? and the worst of all is that someone will come and squeeze his magic lamp so hard that his diamonds will come out rough.
Okay, so it will be difficult for a land to jump into this line of succession without either being ignored if he shoots too low or dies if he shoots too high. So what if he just gets creative and breaks the system completely? What if Aladdin simply wanted Agrabah to stop being a Sultanate and that would remove the rule preventing him from marrying Jasmine, right? But then he would open up a whole new set of problems for her. For commoners during the Ottoman Empire, young men and women had no say in who they married. In reality, it was just an agreement negotiated by the two sets of parents that Aladdin has.
He himself has no parents to help him deal with the situation and we know that his long-lost father will become involved in his life until he needs help finding the ultimate treasure #straight-to-video-sequel So Aladdin has an uphill battle top Somehow he needs to change the law without upsetting the social order of Agrabah or ruffling the feathers of those whoare in charge creating a succession crisis. So when you really look at Aladdin's situation, it's quite complex. He has one wish: to get Jasmine married. him, but most of those wishes will be a waste like him asking to become a prince or worse, wishing for something that ends up executing him, but there is a solution here.
In reality, there is a wish that practically guarantees it. Jasmine's Hand in Marriage Aladdin should wish that Jasmine becomes the sultan after her flirtatious encounter in the market. Jasmine is already in love with Aladdin. Certainly, much more so than any of his other suitors, like that strange blonde prince from live-action movies. She would be encouraged to remove the law that states she has to marry a prince if she were the Sultan, which is entirely within her right to act as Sultan, who effectively answers to no one during the Ottoman Empire, so that box gets a big check mark.
The next question would this create the same succession crisis as if Aladdin became sultan? Well, you're not likely to remember that when Jafar names himself Sultan and it takes Jasmine less than five minutes to get the imperial guard to his side. The Sultan himself doesn't seem to put up much resistance either because he literally gives up control. of Agrabah towards the end of the live-action remake. Hey, why shouldn't he rule? She is charismatic enough to lead. She has Agrabah's best interests at heart. Additionally, she has a pet tiger and likes to study maps. But I'm sure everyone is thinking one thing: would the Ottoman Empire have been willing to accept a woman as sultan?
Here's the twist. Yes actually they would in the 16th and 17th centuries the Ottoman Empire had what is called the Women's Sultanate in which the wives and mothers of the Sultan had great political and social power as they ran the daily operations of the empire and yes . , there are cases in history of female Sultans or Sultanas. There is even a case where a Raziya al-Din rejected the title of Sultana in the 13th century because she did not want her title to be different from that of a man. There are even a few occasions in history when a female sultan ruled without connection to a male sultan.
If Aladdin really wants to have the best chance to be with Jasmine in one wish and not turn everyone against him, the best thing he can do is not wish for his own power, but wish for Jasmine to finally get it. hers and, ironically, it would convey that strong female theme more effectively than any imaginary power ballad. But hey, that's just a theory. A cinematographic theory. You want your wish to come true. Hit that magic subscribe button. So that all your wishes come true, as long as you want to wish more theories about your favorite movie, TV and YouTube series, or maybe your wishes to help us. get that play button Diamond, in which case, thank you for helping me grant that wish, my RUB IT wish!
RUB IT! DON'T YOU DARE CLOSE YOUR EYES! Wow, That's... that's disturbing. I apologize for that *Apology accepted MatPat ;)*

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