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The Scarlet Flower 1952 Soviet Animated Movie: Reason Why You Want To Be Kind?

Friday, August 12, 2016
(Warning: possible spoilers for the 1952 Soviet animated film entitled, "The Scarlet Flower (Аленький цветочек, Alenkiy Tsvetochek in Russian)")

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The Scarlet Flower’s basic plot is a variation of the fairy tale known as the Beauty and the Beast with a lot of differences.

The supporting characters are also important in a movie

In this article, I’d like to focus on the nameless characters, the supporting characters. To be more specific, I’m talking about the merchant Stefan’s (he’s the father of the female main character) crew and his apparent best friend.

These guys don’t have names and we barely see them and yet that doesn’t make them any less important. That doesn’t mean they’re nothing or that they don’t matter or that they’re not capable of kindness and goodness in the way the main character is.

The mark of a true friend; the beauty of friendship

I’d like to commend Stefan’s crew and his friend for their actions, for the goodness of their hearts and their kindness and how they are a true friend to Stefan. When a storm strikes and ends up tossing Stefan overboard their ship, his crew and friend set out to find him.

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They could have just left him. They didn’t need to look for him. They could just go back home and say that he died or something. Who would find out? They could then have his riches for themselves.

And yet they didn’t do any of that at all. They didn’t return home even when they had the chance to do so. They kept looking for Stefan until they found him.

This scene in The Scarlet Flower movie really shows how humans can be capable of kindness and good deeds and how friends really are because true friends would never abandon each other.

The kindness of others helps to show exactly what kind of person you are

What Stefan’s crew did also helps to show what kind of person he is.

This helps to establish Stefan’s character as a really nice and likable person because if he was cruel and mean and if he was a lousy captain, then why would any of his men want to look for him when he disappeared?

Even Stefan’s close friend, the one who’s apparently his best friend, didn’t want him to go back to the island where the Beast was when Stefan was telling him about what happened and entrusting his 3 daughters’ wellbeing and welfare to said friend.

*Notes:
- Image with added text was modified by Freya Yuki (CC:BY-SA) based on the image by hayashinomura (CC:BY-SA) from deviantArt
- Red-colored flower in the image is meant to symbolize the scarlet flower in the film
- YouTube video features a scene from the aforementioned movie
- First pic is from Amazon.com; link shown above

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