Cinderella And Snow White Sociology

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Iconic fairy tales such as Grimm Brother's Cinderella and Snow White are not innocent tales about young girls achieving their dreams but are rather misogynist stories. The two fairy tales have the similarity of involving a young girl who is oppressed by a wicked step mother then later on, the girl is saved by marrying a prince. One can discover the misogynist and the men controlled society by examining how the writers represent women in their fairytales. Both, Cinderella and Snow White can be dissected and analyzed through the Feminist theory. The two tales contain gender roles stereotypes, unrealistic importance of superficial beauty and the view of men as salvation for the girl's oppressed lives. Nearly every child, disregarding the gender,…show more content…
The Grimm Brothers had a tradition of portraying the lead female characters beautiful. Cinderella is described a beautiful young maiden and Snow white is described as a beautiful girl with perfect white skin and red lips. The values that the writers are representing basically infer that being physically beautiful must mean the character is also good and pure. Aside from physical beauty, Cinderella and Snow White are represented as weak, dependent and naive young girls who tolerate the abusive behavior they are treated with. Also the female protagonists are both oppressed by their wicked stepmothers, who unfairly abuse them. It seems that females are destined to suffer but males play the roles of the prince who live a rich and comfortable lives. Another anti-feminist theme is the writers tendency to villainizing stepmothers. The stories of Cinderella and Snow white have a thing for casting the villain as the stepmother, while unfairly being extremely unforgiving and idealizing of fathers. This concept is due to the fact that Snow White's father died and she was raised by her evil stepmother. The case is different for Cinderella though; the father is still alive. Cinderella is abused by her stepmother and stepsisters into completing exhausting and ridiculous chores like picking up lentils from…show more content…
In order to be free, Snow white and Cinderella must find a prince, get married and "live happily ever after" or else they will keep living an oppressed life. For instance, a ball had to take place prior to the wedding in order for him to choose a wife. The event of the ball can be seen as an offering of women to the prince, as he is the one who selects and women might have no say against it. Cinderella's stepsisters are desperate about marrying to the point where they commit a gore act. Both of Cindderella's stepsisters have the opportunity to try on the golden slipper in hopes of marrying the prince. Fortunately to Cinderella, the sister's have either a big heel or big toes and their mother forces them to mutilate their feet. There is no solidary among women, showing how inhuman women are with their own children. During the mutilation of the sister's feet, the mother says "cut the toe off, when you are queen you will have no more need to go on foot" inferring that once a woman get married, she will become a palace furniture. The sisters get punished when they were just trying to achieve is social advancement. Back in the day women were viewed as objects, and would become "burdens" if they did not find marriage. Shifting to Snow white's tale, it is evident that the only way for freedom is also marriage. The prince's first words to the
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