This issue wasn 't just prevalent in the olden times as we still witness the belief that in order to be accepted one must be thin and beautiful. But, the important and underlying fact is that NO, you don 't need to be. All that matters are your virtues and graces. It is much more important to be kind hearted than the prettiest woman alive who is arrogant and selfish. Though this is highlighted in the story with some instances of Cinderella forgiving her sisters and always been kind to them in spite of their torture, this is suppressed by bringing out the importance of beauty by transforming Cinderella into a beautiful girl to attend the ball and the Prince falling in love with her at the first glance.
While independent women in fairy tales and their adaptations appear as strong-willed, ambitious, and manipulative individuals that stop at nothing to have their way, they are not entirely free of male authority. It is often the same authority that punishes these women in the end, whether it is by “death, banishment, or disintegration” (Rowe 218). For instance, in “Snow-white,” the girl’s evil stepmother is forced by the court to “dance herself on hot-iron shoes” until her death (qtd. Grimm in 218). Similarly, in Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, she is hunted down by the dwarves until she falls from a mountain cliff.
One major theorist is Cummins who, “rebuts critics’ claims that Belle ‘[breaks] the sexist mound of its fairy-tale heroines’, and says that the film ‘encourages’ the belief that ‘true happiness for women exists only in the arms of a prince’ (Cummins, 1995: 22). Another theorist says that Belle is just like the rest of the princesses who deal with monstrous masculinity (Craven 2002:128). Belle is a powerful and interesting character who looks as if she is a powerful feminist character but in reality Disney has just created another simple princess who has the illusion of
Woman are traditionally seen to be fragile and pure (white being the symbol of purity), thus “Little Snow White” does a good job in emphasising this ideology of women. The Queen’s blood being drawn is yet another symbol of the fragility of women, however this idea can be extended to include the image of womanhood through monthly menstruation. Furthermore, as demonstrated in the Grimm Brother’s “Aschenputtel”, Snow White must do “heavy work from morning to night” in order to be allowed to stay at the seven Dwarfs cottage (118). Thus, Snow White must do traditional feminine tasks through keeping house – cooking, cleaning, washing and sewing – in order to earn her place. All of the motifs mentioned above are strongly associated to the view of a female’s
711–726. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/3594706. This source centers on the feminine beauty ideal in fairy tales and how it has survived through time. According to this source, beauty has tremendous influence over women and usually, the more beautiful in the end is compensated and seen as more likable. This takes the power of women and can lead to risks, because of envy and conflict.
Mirror Mirror defies the patriarchal—and frankly a little sexist—way of story-telling we have become accustomed to, showing the audience that women are capable of being the hero in their own story. Snow White’s character is drastically different from the house-cleaning, apple-eating damsel in distress we are used to. Instead, she is a bandit—a fierce woman who is not afraid to fight her own battles and save the prince along the way. Snow White herself encapsulates the essence of this change in the following lines from the movie: “I read so many stories where the prince saves the princess in the end. I think it’s time we changed that ending.” As a woman who grew up reading tales about fragile princesses waiting for their knights in shining armor to sweep in and save the day, I cannot tell you how good hearing those lines feels, and that is the biggest reason why this adaptation is worthwhile.
Historically, issues of the female gender have been criticized for decades, women had always been fighting for their rights and freedom. Interestingly, ancient and traditional stories do not share this point of view. Therefore, it is very important to look at fairy tales, regarding the representation of the female gender and what this means for contemporary perception. First of all, the balance between male and female characters in fairy tales are not equally distributed. An article by Grauerholz, Elizabeth and Pascosolido, Bernice A, deals with the equality of gender representation in children’s literature.
Disney has taken the well-intended morals out of tales with substance. In return Disney has offered relentless backlash towards the female race, making young girls everywhere self-conscious about what true beauty is. The youth are beginning to question the notion of beauty because they do not fit the stereotype of what they feel Disney is saying a princess is supposed to be. Looking at these tales as a standard of what love is supposed to be and what love should be is taking tolls on relationships. Marriages are failing and Disney is a prime suspect as to why.
The root of all the insecurities women feel is the beauty standards, and people have the guts to say on that one should be contented in her/his physical appearance when you set a standard and the one who doesn’t meet them are treated ugly and differently. Women wouldn’t pressure themselves dieting, spend hours editing their photos before posting it on instagram, and do plastic surgeries, they
Anyway let me tell you my part of the story. Once, there was my magic mirror and I asked,” Magic mirror is who I call, Who is the prettiest of them all.” It answered, “ Snow White is now that she has been seen, You're still the second prettiest though my queen.” I was so angry that I sent my huntsman to go give her the potion that would make her look ugly, That’s the first time I tried to hurt Snow White. When the huntsman saw how beautiful she was he couldn’t do it, he instead warned her. So when came back, he said, “ It is done.” I so I asked my mirror again,” Magic mirror is who I