Who am I?: An analysis of identity and self-discovery of Disney songs in today’s context

Khristayle Joy TAN

Research output: Other contributionHonours Project


This paper analyses the songs from Disney’s Tangled (2010), Frozen (2012) and Moana (2016), using Jeffery Jensen Arnett’s theory of emerging Adulthood and relating it to emerging adults in today’s society. The songs were chosen due to their themes of identity and self-discovery. These songs were also used to answer questions that emerging adults might have during their identity exploration, such as: “When Will My Life Begin?”, “What am I capable of?”, and “Who am I?”. In addition, these songs also put emphasis on friendship as these companions provide support to emerging adults in their journey to finding themselves.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2018



  • Disney songs
  • Emerging adulthood
  • Identity and self-discovery
  • Friendship
  • Honours Project (HP)
  • Bachelor of Education (Honours) (English Language) (Five-year Full-time)
  • Programme code: A5B059
  • Course code: ENG4907