In one of the opening scenes, Mother Gothel is brushing Rapunzel’s hair, this is how she is able to get the power to use. Rapunzel asks her “Why can’t I go outside?” To which Gothel replies “The outside world is a dangerous place. Filled with horrible, selfish people. You must stay here, where you're safe.” Ever since Rapunzel was young Mother Gothel has been telling her that the outside world is dangerous. Gothel places fear into Rapunzel by teaching her the outside world is dangerous and something that she needs to be afraid of. Over time, Rapunzel begins to believe her. Rapunzel never questions staying inside the tower every day and she never asked Gothel to let her go outside. Gothel did well in creating a false consciousness for Rapunzel.
Kavanagh states “Ideology is the unfortunate irruption of opinions and doctrine within what should be a fully “creative” or “imaginative” work. This critical perspective, then, is part of a general framework of assumptions that shapes both political and literary languages, a framework within which “ideology” is assigned a negative value”. Mother Gothel uses ideology in a creative, but also negative way. She hides Rapunzel in a tower to “protect” her from the outside world. She raises her into thinking that everything beyond the walls of the tower are evil and dangerous to her. Rapunzel fears life outside of the tower, and feels much safer living in the comfort of her tower. The sense of ideology that Rapunzel feels has a negative effect on her. She feels that if she left the tower she would be in grave danger and wouldn’t survive. Rapunzel conformed herself to the safe and comfortable life that she has always known, sheltered within the tower.
The walls of Rapunzel’s tower couldn’t hide everything from the outside world. Inside the tower was a window in which Rapunzel would often look out. Every year, on her birthday the king and queen released thousands of lanterns into the sky in hopes that their missing princess would someday return home. Rapunzel notices these lanterns in the sky, and she realized that they only appeared on her birthday. Rapunzel’s eighteenth birthday was coming up and she felt she was old enough to ask Gothel to let