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Arrows Into the Sunset
King Fergus: "Pretend I'm Merida. Speak to me. What would you say?"
Queen Elinor: "I can't do this..."
King Fergus: "Sure you can." (Elinor gives him a dirty look) "There! There! That's my queen. Right? Here we go..." (in a shrill voice): "I don't want to get married, I want to stay single and let my hair flow in the wind as I ride through the glen firing arrows into the sunset."
Poor Queen Elinor: She's having such a hard time accepting that Merida is determined to be her own person. She's trying hard to understand, and King Fergus decides to help her (with humor).
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Princess Merida: "I want a spell that will change my fate."
Merida is determined to alter the course of her life, but at what cost? The price may be far higher than she realizes. The Wise Woman (Julie Walters) gives her the spell she wants, though it's certainly NOT what she'd expected.
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The Price of Freedom
Princess Merida: "I don't want my life to be over...I want my freedom!"
Queen Elinor: "But are you willing to pay the price your freedom will cost?"
Princess Merida isn't your "typical" princess. She's not content to live within the castle's walls, biding her time until her suitor comes, marries her and takes her away to yet another sheltered life. Merida wants her freedom, clearly, but her mother, Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson) isn't happy about that...
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Queen Elinor (to King Fergus): "I blame you. Stubbornness is from your side of the family..."
Is Merida's headstrong nature King Fergus' fault? Probably not, but Queen Elinor needs a scapegoat here, so she blames her (stubborn) husband for Merida's fiercely independent nature.
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My Favorite Part
King Fergus: "Then, out of nowhere, the biggest bear you've ever seen! His hide littered with the weapons of fallen warriors -- his face scarred with one dead eye! I drew my sword, and..."
Princess Merida: "Whooosh! One swipe, his sword shattered then Chomp! Dad's leg was clean off! Down the monster's throat it went!"
King Fergus: "Awwwwww. That's my favorite part!"
Princess Merida's father, King Fergus (Billy Connolly), is a brave man -- a shining example of what's expected from a great leader. His battle with a bear years ago cost him a leg, but earns him the respect and admiration of his only daughter, Merida.
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Queen Elinor: "Each of the first born must compete for the hand of the fair maiden!"
Here's the thing: Queen Elinor wants nothing more than for her only daughter, Princess Merida, to be a beautiful, bewitching, lady-like, quiet princess. In other words, the very opposite of what Merida wants. The princess longs for adventure, and the idea of being betrothed to someone she doesn't love (or even like, for that matter), makes her ill.
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Carried in the Wind
King Fergus: "The ancients spoke of it. It is the heart of this fierce land. It is carried in the wind. Born of our legends and when we are put to the test, it is the one thing that we must always be."
Bravery is regarded as the "heart" of the kingdom. Generations of families in Scotland have faced seemingly insurmountable odds, and somehow prevailed. This includes King Fergus, the ruler of DunBroch (and his daughter, Merida).
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My Own Hand
Princess Merida: "I am Merida, and I'll be shooting for my own hand!"
Queen Elinor: "What are you doing? Merida!"
Princess Merida: "Curse, this dress!" (splits her dress and draws her bow)
Queen Elinor: "Merida, stop this! Don't you dare loose another arrow!" (Merida keeps shooting) "Merida, I forbid it!"
Merida discovers she has a great aptitude with a bow and arrow. As her would-be suitors try to win her hand in marriage by impressing everyone with their (average-to-bad) archery skills, Merida decides to take things into her own hands, literally.