A new fantastic point of view. Who doesn’t want to experience the rush, the thrill, of entering a new atmosphere, a new world? There’s nothing better then to get a fresh new perspective on the way you live your life. However, unlike Aladdin, who is completely open minded to the idea of “A Whole New World”, we have had some skeptics, particularly in the 1920s and 30s.
Back to a time where, swing dancing was the new dance craze instead of twerking, the economy was without a doubt, just like Aladdin. It was poor, it was hopeless, and it seemed like there was nothing that could be done to correct it. In John Steinbeck’s account of the Great Depression in the 1930s, in his book, The Grapes of Wrath, the Joads are mentioned to be out of work and barely scraping by. Hand in hand, these lowly farmers and Aladdin would make great friends, I’m sure of it. They would be able to talk about the foods they were able to scrounge up on a daily basis just to stay alive and about how bad they seemed to have it.
But wait, what’s this? Deep within the Cave of Wonders, it seems as if Aladdin was able to come across the idea of endless opportunity to become successful in the form of a genie! Well good for him! And wait, the farmers have discovered a new magical place in the west that is supposed to cure all economic problems called California? Wow! In no way, shape, or form, do I see any future conflicts arising! I’m sure they’ll get what they want, no problem!
And that is exactly how both parties felt when they encountered their respective savior. Aladdin with his genie and the Joads with the lingering idea of California. Opportunity seems to be close within their reach, but unfortunately, the process is long and enduring with no breaks as it usually is. Along the way, people will be skeptical if something seems to good to be true, which is personified in the characters of Al (in GOW) and for a short time, Jasmine.
But, that’s not to say that with hard work and dedication you can’t reach your goal of obtaining this “Whole New World” because it actually is possible. You just have to want it, more than Aladdin wanted to pursue true love and more than the Joads wanted to pursue a more economically stable life. With no one to tell you no, or where to go, or say you’re only dreaming. A Whole New World.