Aladdin (2019): Jasmine [ENFJ 2w1]

Function Order: Fe-Ni-Se-Ti

Jasmine’s primary concern seems to be with “my people” – her father’s subjects who do not live with the wealth and privilege she can afford. She longs to care for them as her mother desired to do, so much so that she thinks often about how their poverty would “break my mother’s heart.” She expresses doubts about if she is good enough to be their Sultan, or if they deserve someone better than she is, because she would not want to fail them. When she persuades one of their soldiers to turn against Jafar, she reminds him in ‘we’ dialogue of the importance of standing up for beliefs over being liked—something she has struggled to do. For years, she has abided by her father’s wishes and ‘remained silent,’ suppressing her views to keep the peace with him, and not speaking back to Jafar’s attempts to silence her. Eventually, she can stand this injustice no longer and sings a song about a metaphorical release, in which she will speak her mind and ‘blaze across the sky.’ All along, she has pushed aside traditional beliefs about her role in society (women are to be seen and not heard) in her belief that she could be the Sultan—that she needs to marry no man, or be subordinate to his authority, because her people need her to champion their cause. She ponders maps, and calls them her world, because they are the only way for her to explore—until Aladdin shows up with his magical carpet, and then she sings about how the world will never be the same for her (now that she has tasted of its experiences). To save her father, she agrees to marry a man she does not love, who has taken them all hostage, and then at the last minute, snatches the lamp off him and leaps off the balcony to reach the flying carpet. She also initially dismissed Aladdin, because she judged him as ‘a thief… after all.’

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Jasmine strives to be the kind of woman her mother could be proud of, and it frustrates her that she is locked away in a palace most of the time, unable to be among her people, to see how they live, communicate with them, and help them where necessary. Seeing two hungry children in the street, Jasmine hands them loaves of bread, in the automatic assumption that if you see a need, you should fill it. She tries to stifle her own desires to please her father and be the daughter he wants her to be, and appeals to others on an emotional level. Jasmine also has ambitions for herself, and wants power so that she can do good, but sometimes wonders if her being the Sultan is really what her people need. She believes in being good, just, and moral, and is angry at Aladdin for lying to her and concealing the truth about his identity. She calls him and other people out on their wrongful actions many times.