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.
Low self-esteem in young girls is rumored to stem not only from the roles they assume they must fulfill, but also due to the conventional image of a princess (5). Women are indirectly taught that in order to be considered beautiful there is certain criteria that must be meant. Princesses are depicted as skinny images of perfection, which alters girls perception on what and where true beauty stems from. In fairy tales when males speak of princesses it is simply for their great looks and very rarely for the smarts or kindness they possess. Descriptions of beauty in this light stifles the ambitions of young girls and damages the perception of others who may not conform to these stereotypes
In the early 20th century American style, the princess was shown through a traditional fairy tale and they needs rescuing by the nearby prince. For instance, Cinderella portrayed as a slave at the same time enforced enslavement for the rest of her life. However, her destiny was changed when she married with the prince. Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty were tales that drew on traditional legends, powerless of helping themselves and getting out of their own troubles. Thus, according to Michael，the gender perpectives and favouritism can influence particular film’s image and the way to emphasize the impact of each gender of characters in movies.
Disney have showed negative portrayals of Disney princesses in their films especially when it comes to their usual unattainable beauty ideal and portraying their princesses as inferior to men. There are also negative life lessons found in Disney films. Some examples are on how it’s a must for each girl to become like a princess; ugly people are evil and immoral and that
Myths, folktales, and fairy tales are still relevant in our society even if we don’t use them to their full potential. In the story “Yeh- Shen, A Cinderella story from China” by Ai- Ling Louie is a folktale that gives many examples about jealousy. The story starts off with a beautiful little girl named Yeh-Shen and an evil stepmother. The stepmother was jealous of all Yeh-Shen’s beauty since her own daughter was not pretty at all, the stepmother decided to dress Yeh-Shen in rags. The stepmother also
The characters of the film look exactly like in the Disney's Sleeping Beauty, but they are all alive, not cartoonish. Moreover, some scenes copy the entire cartoon. Only in the new version it turns out that the king may be the greatest villain in the whole kingdom, and a handsome prince is a cute but useless guy. That is why it is better for the girls who are in trouble to rely on themselves. In a word, in comparison with what the “Sleeping Beauty” shows us, the “Maleficent” turns out to be a real feminist manifesto.
Disney have showed negative portrayals of Disney princesses in their films especially when it comes to their usual unattainable beauty ideal and portraying their princesses as inferior to men. There are also negative life lessons found in Disney films. Some examples are on how it’s a must for each girl to become a princess; ugly people are evil and immoral and that being beautiful is moral and; almost all Disney films would have a happily ever after which is not true in real life. With all these flaws found in Disney films, Disney princesses should be portrayed in a way that will have a positive impact on young girls. Disney has created many Disney princesses that have had an impact on young girls.
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
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.
Puck, a fairy, turned Bottom’s head into an ass’s head because Oberon, the fairy king, wanted his wife, Titania, to fall in love with something ugly. In my opinion, this is the best example of dramatic irony because it is exciting. This is also my favorite example. Wilkins 2 Another example of dramatic irony is when both, Lysander and Demetrius, fell in love with Helena. At first, Helena has been in love with Demetrius, but he was in love with Hermia.