Her father and the sea witch even conspire to prevent her from being joined with her beloved. Her voice is stolen and she is unable to speak her truth. In a similar way, Magdalene’s voice was “stolen” when she was called prostitute (without any scriptural justification whatsoever!).
In her cave under the ocean, Ariel collects artifacts from Spanish galleons shipwrecked at sea. She examines the commonplace items used by humans and wonders what they are for and what it would be like to be human. Among her treasures is a painting by Georges de la Tour called “Magdalen with the Smoking Flame.” Mary is gazing at a candle burning on the table beside her. In the film, Ariel tries to pluck the flame out of the picture.