Maleficent was a young, kind-hearted fairy who was the protector of an enchanted garden she lived in, called Moors. She had such a pure soul that was generated with nothing but love and was extremely loyal to her kingdom. So, what happened? What caused this euphoric fairy to become so malevolent, and what made her want to curse a newborn baby to a teenage death? Well, there are a series of unfortunate events that occurred which transformed this pure-hearted fairy into a cold-hearted, villainous sprite. The lonely Maleficent was heart-broken, betrayed and had something valuably precious taken from her, which would later then turn her into the mistress of evil.

Growing up as a young orphaned child, Maleficent grew up alone. Her parents were killed as she was a small infant, leaving her lone, and having to raise herself. Due to the fact that she had no guardians, she was living without the proper love and affection, as that would affect her development. Livestrong states that, “Children may manifest moderate to severe levels of cognitive, physical and emotional stagnation when not shown adequate attention and affection by a caring and nurturing caregiver” (Livestrong). As Maleficent got older, she was never able to comprehend what love was or the joy of helping others. Though she tried her best, she was still a very strong and independent woman who kept her guard held high as her only duty was to protect Moors from human trespassers. Livestrong also claims that, “Orphans cling to any adult who showed them a modicum of affection. Children who lack proper affection may consequently form indiscriminate bonds with any adult and be unable to properly process refusals of affection … and have difficulties with trust” (Livestrong). Fortunately, Maleficent was eventually able to form a bond with a human boy who accidentally wandered his way into Moors. His name was Stefan. Maleficent and Stefan discover how much they really have in common, due to the fact that they are both orphans. Human trespassers are prohibited from Moors, but Stefan wanted to continue seeing Maleficent so she begins to allow his visits more and more. Stefan visits Moors enough for the two to develop feelings and fall in love with each other. This causes Maleficent to let her guard down, due to the fact that she trusts and is in love with Stefan. This is the first time that she has ever received any form of affection and from a human.

Reflecting back into Maleficent’s life, we eventually begin to learn how madly in love her and Stefan were with each other, having a huge effect in Maleficent’s future. After her sixteenth birthday, Stefan gifted her with a true loves kiss. However, after that, years pass and Stefan eventually stops visiting Moors which starts to affect Maleficent as she has anxiously grown such an attachment towards him. It isn’t until Moors becomes maliciously under attack, from the current King Henry and his army of knights, that she is reunited with Stefan. Victory is with all the mystical creatures/sprites of Moors and in result, King Henry is terribly wounded. Stefan, unfortunately was working for King Henry, as Maleficent does not know. The King is now on his death bed and demands Stefan to slay Maleficent. As Stefan spends his last few nights with his love, he does not have it in him to kill her, therefore; he drugs her and cuts off her wings, leaving her alone, drugged and wing-less. As proof of a killing, Stefan presents Maleficent’s wings to the proud King Henry. This led Maleficent down a dark path when she woke up, because not only was this her first heartbreak but she was also betrayed, this was all new to her. She was left alone confused, vulnerable and devastated. This was her first experience with love and now her perception of it, was destroyed. She let her guard down for a human trespasser, even when she was hesitant, and because of her love and trust, he was able to steal her wings. Stefan’s treachery, along with a broken heart, was the remote cause that made her heart cold, causing permanent damage to her trust and sanity. This cause Maleficent to lose her trust, and she was now numb to humans, love and life.

Maleficent’s precipitating cause was later finding out the Stefan exchanged her wings in return of the throne. Stefan became a king, due to the passing of King Henry and because of Maleficent’s wings. He then married and welcomed a newborn baby girl into his world and Maleficent was infuriated. Not only did King Stefan break her heart and her trust, but he stole her wings and for royalty at that. I feel as though she felt so many emotions of anger, sadness, vulnerability and this caused her to seek revenge. King Stefan’s actions are what led to Maleficent’s breaking point and at that moment she became the evil queen of Moors and ran amuck. In result, this would affect King Stefan, causing Maleficent to eventually pay a visit to his kingdom and curse his newborn baby Aurora, at her christening. The curse being that once Princess Aurora turns sixteen, she will die before sunset due to pricking her finger on a spinning wheel’s spindle and would instantly fall to an ageless slumber, waiting for a true loves kiss to awaken her and reverse the spell. Of course, Maleficent does not believe in love, it does not exist to her, therefore her spell seems to be very effective in her eyes. Due to the betrayal of King Stefan, “The Monster Polices the Borders of the Possible” (12) theory becomes relevant. After the cursing of Aurora, a new fear was introduced throughout the kingdom, causing immediate action. No one wanted to leave, and so much was improvised, such as walls/barriers protecting the kingdom from the outside. This also caused King Stefan to react in fear, enforcing that every single spinning wheel’s spindle be removed from the kingdom. “The Monster prevents mobility, delimiting the social spaces through which private bodies may move” (Cohen).

In Jeffery Cohen’s Monster Culture Theory, his seventh thesis: “The Monster Stands at the Threshold. . .of becoming” (20) he expresses that, “The things of darkness I acknowledge mine. Monsters are our children. They ask us to reevaluate our cultural assumptions about race, gender, sexuality, our perception of difference, our tolerance towards its expressions. They ask us why we have created them.” (20). This theory applies to Maleficent and the series of events that she had gone through, which crafted her into an evil individual. The fear from everyone surrounding her made her an outcast, plus she was a mystical creature as well. After reflecting on Maleficent’s life, you obtain a better understanding as to why she turned evil and proceeded her vengeful wicked actions. In the end, Maleficent understood the true meaning of true love and what it felt like. She is still the most feared fairy in the kingdom, though she will always be the Mistress of Evil. Since the monster always escapes, as Cohen states, Maleficent will be back for an even bigger sequel and she isn’t going anywhere.

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