From its onset with its first feature-length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937, Disney has grown to become a worldwide phenomenon today. But over the years, various parent groups, scholars and film critics have accused Disney for creating shallow, stereotypical princesses whose ultimate aim was to find her 'prince charming ' and live happily ever after. In her article, “What’s Wrong With Cinderella?” in the New York Times, Peggy Orenstein expresses her concern over the effect of princess figures like Cinderella on young girls ' perceptions of themselves and how they should behave (“What’s Wrong With Cinderella?”).
The said to be nature and source of the problem with adolescent girls are the fairy tales that are read to those girls at a young age. “Fairy tales capture the essence of this phenomenon,” (Pipher 12). These fairy tales show adolescent girls that if you go through a life threatening situation your prince charming will come to save you. It also teaches girls that through all of this they transform into “passive and docile creatures” (14-15).
In the story "Saying Goodbye to Yang," written by Alexander Weinstein, and the story "St. Lucy 's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves," written by Karen Russell, there are several ways these stories could be seen as humorous or funny/not funny. Each story that we have read is unique in that they each had some sense of humor about them, whether it be witty humor, dry humor, or maybe even the funny/not funny kind of humor. Different types of humor can be interpreted from each of the stories we have read this semester. Yes, these stories can be seen as a joke but there are serious ideas about them. Each story undoubtedly has important concepts intertwined into them.
Throughout society and literature, there are various gender roles that once established, they became a norm which led to many characters and views to blindly follow such roles. Despite that, there are people and authors alike who try to break down gender roles and try get others to rid themselves of traditional gender roles. One such author is Noelle Stevenson, the creator of the graphic novel Nimona, which follows the story of a supposed young girl who can shape shift while being the sidekick of the notorious villain Ballister Blackheart. Stevenson, though breaking away from the majority of gender norms, still purposely includes some inside of Nimona herself, such as the ‘damsel in distress’ trope. This is due to Stevenson attempting to show her readers that
Fairy tales have been told for centuries and have been used to portray the conflict of sexual politics over time. Little Red Riding Hood and Beauty and the Beast are both examples of fairy tales with this focus. Making use of this conflict in The Handmaid 's Tale, Margaret Atwood has used certain elements of fairy tale genre to have the opposite effect of the stereotypical ‘happy ever after’ as the novel plays in a dystopian world. More specifically, the author has borrowed elements of fairy tales to develop the theme of shifting power in The Handmaid’s Tale.
Hi Vivian, I also enjoyed the fairy tale “Little Red Riding Hood” when I was a child over the other fairy tales. It is definitely one of the most prominent fairy tales and I never really looked at the fairy tale in how it displays archetypes. Little Red Riding Hood is definitely an innocent like you mentioned, she didn’t do anything wrong to harm anyone, even being too innocent to view the wolf as being a bad creature. I agree with most archetypes you grouped the characters in, such as the wolf being the villain, but I cannot really find the justification for Little Red Riding Hood’s mother being a good person.
Character Ambiguity in “The Great Gatsby” Throughout a large majority of fictional literature, the characters are constructed to act and react upon however the author fabricates them to be. Within the novel “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Daisy Buchanan’s character can be interpreted in a variety of connotations; her attitudes and behaviors reflect on her morality. Throughout the narrative, Fitzgerald displays Daisy as a controversial character with examples of her ambiguous personality qualities and actions.
What are the differences in the movie the Beowulf, the poem Beowulf that catch your intentions in the two? There are a lot of differences in the movie and the poem Beowulf. One difference in the movie and the poem Grendel’s mother was seducing Beowulf in movie. The second difference is that in the movie Beowulf was king of the Geats; however, the poem Beowulf was king of Danes.
An initiation story can be described as, “When a character learns a significant truth about the world, society, people, or himself or herself” (Mays 131). In Claudette’s case, she learned how to go from a wolf girl who was a part of the pack, to an independent human girl. This transformation was a success for Claudette because if she was like Mirabella and could not adapt, then she would have been shunned from both the pack and her family, who sent her there in the first place. Also, the transformation was both mental and physical, as both her body and her mindset go through a drastic change. The reader can see Claudette’s transition from a wolf girl to a civilized human girl throughout the
In many other versions of this story we see a happy ending however, in Perrault’s version there is no happy ending where the wolf emerges the victor of the encounter, Red. His version of this tale also shows that Red does not escape from the wolf after being seduced by him, asking her to take her clothes off and get into the bed and soon after getting eaten. He constructs his ideology for his version of Little Red Riding Hood through the reflections of women in France and how during his time this was where women were grasping more knowledge because they were allowed to attend school and have an education for themselves.
In conclusion we see many contrasting ideas in the epic and the movie. We see characters that were added solely for more entertainment purposes and drama. Beowulf is portrayed to have more human qualities rather than being boastful and proud like in the epic. The culture and society we live in now so much more different than it was at the time of the story. We are so used to the drama and tragedy of today’s culture, that we have to adjust already amazing stories to fit the our need.
The required readings that I enjoyed during the past year were The Great Gatsby, The Taming of the Shrew and Frankenstein. These novels had lessons to express. In The Great Gatsby, I learned that people change and if you live in the past you 're in for a rude awakening. Taming a woman is foolish and you 're never tamed its compromise you succumb to in the Taming of the Shrew. In Frankenstein, your passion can drive you to accomplish a multitude of endeavors for ethical or unethical reasoning, yet it will come with consequences.
Portuguese Lore Research Paper Outline Introduce your topic Portuguese Lore Answer these questions: Introduce Legends, Myths, and Fairy Tales. What does each of them entail? (If you found Tall Tales or Fables then introduce these as well) Legends are based on history, embellished, and told and retold. Myths are based on religion, supernatural beings, gods and demigods, and explain natural phenomenons.