Interpretations in “Let It Go”
In Frozen, “Let It Go” is the song that really has a lot of interpretations besides those in “Frozen Heart.”
After Elsa accidentally reveals her powers, she runs away from Arendelle and continues to run until she comes to the North Mountain, where she sings the song “Let It Go.” As she begins, she expresses her guilt over everything that just happened, and repeats some of her older lines, such as “Don’t let them in, don’t let them see,” “Be the good girl you always have to be,” and especially “Conceal, don’t feel.” However, Elsa also comes to realize that she is now alone and free for really the first time in her life, away from people whom she believes she will only harm with her abilities. With this in mind, she begins to feel happy and releases her magic how she wants. Now that her secret is out, she no longer has to hide it, and since she is far away from people, she does not care what they will say or think of her (or so she says).
As Elsa begins to release her magic, she is briefly seen recreating Olaf. It is an expression of how hard her isolation from Anna was on her (Elsa). Building the snowman that Anna asked her to do many times over the years is the first voluntary act she performs with her powers (as soon she decides to “let it go”). As Elsa creates Olaf, she sings, “Can’t hold it back anymore,” which reveals how much she really wanted to do this with Anna whenever she was asked. She creates him during a moment of relief, self-empowerment, and newfound freedom, and also out of the cheerful memories of being with Anna before the accident. These, and the sheer intensity of her long-held desire, are likely the reasons why Olaf was brought to life. If so, Elsa’s later surprise when she discovers Olaf is alive may indicate that she never even admitted to herself how just badly she wanted to rekindle her friendship with Anna. Additionally, he represents what she is capable of doing with her powers when she’s not letting her fear and insecurities take over her.
Every time Elsa sings “Let it go,” she is not only singing about releasing her powers after years of repression, but about her own happiness. The more Elsa sings, the happier she becomes, since she can finally be herself, so she fully embraces her powers and uses them to create beauty and wonder. This is shown especially when she creates her magnificent palace made entirely out of ice, and her beautiful, sparkling, crystal blue gown with matching shoes and transparent blue cape. The beauty and size Elsa creates both in and of her new palace clearly represents the happiness and freedom that she has been suppressing for many years, which seemingly causes her fears to vanish. This is also shown with the appearance of her dress. But even more so, Elsa’s feelings and emotions correspond to the way her magic appears, and it also seems that she can make her magic the way she wants it to appear if she uses her imagination and puts her mind right to it.
Since she is finally free, Elsa also discards the three accessories she wore during her coronation because she views them as restraints: her glove, which holds back her magic; her cape, which is purple (the traditional color of royalty) and represents her responsibility and authority over others as the queen; and her tiara, which represents her queenly title. She also pulls down her hair from a tied-up bun to one loose braid, showing that she wants to wear her hair this way. Even more so, Elsa’s transformation to her signature dress very much reminds me of the transformation in Cinderella, when her torn dress is transformed into her beautiful ball gown. That particular moment is what I consider one of the most beautiful and coolest (pun intended! XD) sequences in the entire movie.
Finally, during and after completing the creations of her castle and dress, Elsa rejects her fate as the queen of Arendelle for her own freedom. This is shown when she tosses away her tiara, which is her last restraint item. As the sun rises in the sky (it was still night when Elsa came to the mountain), Elsa walks out to the balcony and sings, “Here I stand in the light of day.” This refers to the fact that she is emerging from darkness (referring to her past repression) and stepping out into the light (referring to how she is starting her new life by being her true self). Once Elsa finishes singing, she magically slams her balcony doors and goes back inside the palace. With this new beginning of her life, she is determined to put the past behind her (another example of her “letting it go” XD), remain in her palace, and never return to Arendelle, no matter what.
As a note, today is my birthday, so this is a gift to myself, since I love Frozen! :D
Theme of Freezing in Frozen
When you first see Frozen, you might think that its title makes perfect sense, more so than its original title of “The Snow Queen,” the fairy tale upon which it is based. The fact that the film takes place during a cursed, eternal winter helps to fit the title perfectly, but it is more than that. It also refers to the estranged, or “frozen,” relationship between Anna and Elsa, and the “frozen heart” that needs to be thawed.
Basically, the film represents a theme of frozenness, or coldness, in both figurative and literal terms, especially with the theme of the “frozen heart.” In fact, during the film, "frozen heart" is said a total of seven times, four of which are stated in the opening song “Frozen Heart.”
- The lyric “This icy force both foul and fair has a frozen heart worth mining.” (this same line is repeated once)
- The lyric “And break the frozen heart.”
- The closing lyric “Beware the frozen heart.”
- Pabbie tells Anna and Kristoff that “Only an act of true love can thaw a frozen heart.”
- Olaf later repeats this line, almost word-for-word, after Anna thaws, saying, “An act of true love will thaw a frozen heart.”
- When Anna confronts Hans, she says, “The only frozen heart around here is yours.”
It should be noted that all four of the main characters have some sort of “frozen heart” at one time or another during the film, with three of them having one as a way of concealing their true selves or feelings.
- Elsa conceals her feelings to try and keep her powers under control. However, this makes her to be appear cold and distant to Anna, when she is truly a very loving person.
- A similar description can be said for Kristoff. He acts very tough and rude at first, but is shown to be very selfless and caring.
- Hans is quite the opposite of Elsa and Kristoff. Unlike them, he puts on an act of a benevolent and caring prince, when in reality, he is very cruel and ruthless. Thus, his evil nature appropriately makes him the one to truly have the symbolic frozen heart.
- Unlike the others, Anna is the only one to have a literal frozen heart, from the moment when Elsa accidentally strikes her in the chest with her ice. Also, Anna is the only person who does not hide her feelings; she is the most emotionally open.
Variations of these two words include:
- Anna tells Hans that “She (Elsa) froze my heart.”
- Hans tells Elsa that “She (Anna) said that you froze her heart.”
- While Anna confronts Hans, who is confused that Anna is alive and well, he says, “But she (Elsa) froze your heart.” (After he says this, she responds with the above said comment about him being the only one with the frozen heart.)
Other times the word “frozen” is said out loud includes:
- Elsa sings, “My soul is spiraling in frozen fractals all around.”
- Kristoff notices Arendelle’s state, saying, “It’s completely frozen.”
- Olaf sings, “When I finally do what frozen things do in summer.”
Among other examples that show or say something ice or frozen-related in the film include the following examples:
- Elsa possesses powers to create snow and ice, which, of course, are naturally cold.
- After Anna is struck in the head by Elsa, their mother exclaims, “She’s ice cold!”
- As she grows up, although she wants to ensure Anna’s safety, Elsa appears to most to be a very cold and distant person.
- Kristoff grows up to be an ice harvester, cutting and harvesting ice from the cold mountains, then selling it.
- Elsa creates her magnificent ice palace and dress from her magic.
- Olaf and Marshmallow are the two living snowmen created by Elsa.
- Kristoff, who notices Anna beginning to grow weaker due to the frozen curse on her heart, says, “She’s as cold as ice.”
- Hans is revealed to be a cold, calculating, manipulating, and evil prince.
- The Duke complains, “It’s getting colder by the minute! If we don’t do something soon, we’ll all freeze to death!”
- Elsa escapes imprisonment and starts an even colder, more dangerous storm.
- Just as she saves Elsa, the frozen heart curse on Anna takes full effect, causing her to freeze to death by turning into an ice statue.
- Elsa realizes that love, being a warm emotion, is stronger than fear, and it allows her to remove the winter curse on Arendelle.