The Chinese were not quite exotic for an American audience as in 1850s–1870s they were encouraged to migrate massively to the United States, to work at the railway construction and in the gold fields out West. Their offensive representation in the plays and then in the movies followed the hostile response they met with in states like California and Nevada because there were so many of them, they did not mind worked long hours and for peanuts. Griffith abandoned mockery of the Chinese characters, typical in some of his predecessors’ plays, and made a Chinese man a central character (in Townsend’s play a Chinese was just one of many lesser ethnic types), but still he did not avoid showing him walking with bowed legs, head down, crouching and kneeling – to make sure the spectators will not forget his inferior racial and social position. Also, his posture and his behavior, including cutting his own pigtail leave no doubt that his intensions towards white female protagonist have no sexual character whatsoever and that his servitude is simply a logical consequence of his
For Several years, children have been growing up knowing and seeing what they think is the actual story of John Smith’s rescue by watching the Disney movie, Pocahontas. Disney created a film to teach the world the incredible and unbelievable story about how an Indian princess named Pocahontas saved a settler named John Smith by interrupting his execution hosted by her tribe. But is Disney’s portrayal of the Pocahontas’ story respectful, responsible, or even accurate? No, Disney was none of these, instead Disney put a romantic twist on it, and seemed to of cared more about making their film interesting rather than following what truly had
For example in the scene where Beowulf goes to Grendel’s mother’s home, she is portrayed as a strong beautiful women that is feared by man. She was unable to be beaten because of her powers. Beowulf falls for her beauty and makes a deal of peace and wealth in exchange for the highly sought after drinking glass. This shows how Grendel’s mother is viewed completely different in the movie over how she was viewed in the poem. Through examining both Beowulf, the movie, and Beowulf, the poem,the similarities and differences reveal what was important to the societies that created them.We are shown how Beowulf is changed from an honorable hero to a man distracted by women, how Grendel is given a backstory to make the viewers have empathy towards him, and how the roles of women have changed over time from being weak to now unbeatable.
In the story Dealing With Dragons, Patricia Wrede tells the tale of an improper princess who disobeys her parents and runs away. In the fictional story in Medieval times, a princess should obey her parents and do what is told, but Cimorene is the opposite of that. Cimorene is justified in ignoring expected social norms of the day because it did benefit her life but some people may disagree. First of all, Cimorene is justified in ignoring the expected social norms of the day. “When she was fourteen, her father discovered that she was making the court magician teach her magic.
In the story, Yeh-Shen, by Ai-Ling Louie which takes place in southern China, the reader learns what comes around goes around. For example, Yeh-Shen had no respect from her stepmother and stepsister, so at the end the prince love Yeh-Shen but is not allowing them to visit. “Not long after this, she, married the king. Because of the stepmother and stepsister treatment of Yeh-Shen, the king forbid them to come too he palace.” (pg. 3) The stepmother and stepsister most likely never thought of Yeh-Shen ever marrying the prince.
Every great mythical tale consists of a Hero’s Journey as the backbone of the story. Yet the hero of Ella Enchanted strays far from the norm of most heros. An archetypal protagonist faces an ultimate antagonist or villain, yet Ella from Ella Enchanted battles a conflict within herself. Ella Afrell, born in the quiet town of Frell, qualifies as a normal baby until a fairy godmother comes along. Lucinda the fairy blesses the new born with a curse, despite her naming it a gift.
In Ovid’s Metamorphoses many of the women are portrayed in a lesser light in comparison to the males. In this example, Scylla has just pulled out her father’s magical purple hair that keeps their country safe from intruders. Her infatuation with King Minos has led her to betray her family and her people which makes her seem irrational. The imagery created from these lines paints a picture of a weak, illogical woman who will do anything for a male to return her love. Scylla seems almost insane for going against her father who has been protecting their people for King Minos that she has never met.
For she is not the true one that sits by thy side”. Once the prince is finished with the two evil sisters, Cinderella comes out and while taking off her dirty shoe, her foot fits perfectly into the shoe. The prince and Cinderella are finally together, the prince knows Cinderella was the mystery women he had been searching for all along since her foot fit into the shoe. Cinderella and the prince return to his kingdom and live happily ever after. While the Disney story and the fairy tale version of the stories both end with happy endings the fairy tale is written with much more graphic images than the Disney
The Grimm Brothers stories have influenced our culture’s movies, books, and TV shows into making young girls believe they are helpless and need a hero to save them. All good movies have been influenced one way or another from fairy tales. Though there are many things that could be studied this paper will only be looking at how movies portray the infamous Grimm Brother’s idea that all women need a hero. In The Princess Bride, Buttercup is a typical beautiful blonde haired girl who is taken captive by the villain and forced to marry him. Instead of Buttercup trying to escape or argue she simply goes along with the wedding and plans to kill herself on her wedding night.
The Change of Sexism in Disney Movies Disney has created many incredibly beautiful films over the years from Snow White in 1937 to The Little Mermaid in 1989 to Mulan 1998 all the way to Frozen in 2013. All these wonderfully made movies that have given many girls of all age’s dreams, aspirations and determination. But there was always something twisted in the Disney movies made back then compared to now. The main character women were portrayed as a weak, damsels in distress, always needed saving and were never were heroes. In the beginning of romantic Disney films the “Snow White and the seven Dwarfs movie was about a beautiful princess dreaming of one day marrying a prince.