the story of the real little mermaid is tragic as she does not win the affection of her dear prince :( she kills herself and returns to the sea as sea foam. Thanks disney for making a suicide victim into a role model. The story deals with an insecure young mermaid who will literally do anything to get the prince. The little mermaid alters her body & abandons her family hoping to find true love. The prince likes her but doesn't love her and falls inlove with another. He decides to wed a princess:( On his wedding night the little mermaid must kill him to break the spell or she will die. She chooses death over killing her beloved.