There’s a whole lot of scholarship on the similarities between Ariel and Mary Magdalen — the red hair, the saucy feminine wiles, y’know, the usual — that Robert Langdon goes on and on about in The Da Vinci Code. What’s pretty great is Dan Brown messes up by identifying this as a Penitent Magdalen instead of one with a flame. Ay yai yai. Good thing I’m here for you, Dan!
I can’t speak for any of you, but I definitely gave a bigger heck about pulling a fork through my hair than identifying medieval symbolism when I watched The Little Mermaid.