This scene is SO important. Maleficent is with someone she trusts, someone she considers a friend. And then the next thing she knows, she wakes up in pain, bleeding, with her wings burned off. A huge part of her has been destroyed.
Rape is so prominent in our culture that it is in a Disney movie. Maybe not explicitly, but it is very clear what this scene represents and it is so sad.
I fucking cried my eyes out during this scene
AJ even confirmed that this is what this scene was a metaphor for (x) - just because i saw someone say today that this is not what this scene is about
'We were very conscious that it was a metaphor for rape': The actress explained how the scene in which her character has her wings ripped off her body while in a drug-induced sleep had to be something 'so violent and aggressive' that it would make her 'lose all sense of her maternity, her womanhood and her softness'
I keep wanting to talk about this scene because it is so powerful and treated with the gravitas that it merits, especially when you consider the preceding scene. Stefan readies to kill her so that he can rise above his station and become king, but he decides that he can’t do it. He can’t bring himself to kill her. So he takes her wings instead—and he believes that, with that act, he is doing them both a great favor. He gets the proof he needs to make himself king, she gets to keep her life; everybody wins!
Except he never discusses this decision with her. He just does it, painting himself as noble for choosing the act that spares her life and assuming that she will be grateful to him for not killing her—even though his “noble act” not only horribly maims her but also results in danger coming to his only child.