Austen's Pride and Prejudice book shows the differences and similarities of the marriage relationships in the 18th century, through the marriage relationships of Charlotte, Lydia, Jane, and Elizabeth. Jane naturally found someone to marry, her attractive beauty and joyful character helped her easily attract Bingley to her. Young Lydia got married to Wickham, but she did not know anything about marriage yet. Elizabeth fell in love with Darcy because she realized that he is a special person. On the other hand, Charlotte married Mr. Collins because she was looking to be secure.
In contrast to past gender stereotypes, they argue that girls should be strong, independent, and intelligent. Orenstein takes a second wave feminism approach, meaning females are just as capable as males. She references how she commonly writes about feminism and warning parents of a “preoccupation of body and beauty” in order to pull for a change in society (327). The beauty standards give women an impossible set of goals deterring their confidence. In addition to unrealistic standards, Orenstein is alarmed by the growing popularity of princesses because she views them as “retrograde role models” (329).
Along with that fact that the man will still be alive if the princess chooses the lady he will also be proven innocent. “He was immediately married, as a reward of his innocents.” (1) If the lady comes out of the door then it would prove that he was not wrong in loving the princess “Which would determine whether or not the young man had done wrong in allowing himself to love the princess.” (2) Choosing the lady would lead to his innocents. The princess would choose the lady as the fate of her lover because it would spare his life, prove that they trust each other, the lady is a good match by social class and beauty, and choosing the princess would prove his innocents. Having to choose the fate of another can be
Charlotte, Tiana’s best friend, is shown as a young girl with the more “traditional” views of being a female. She demonstrates her acceptance that a man is necessary for a woman to live happily ever after. Her main focus seems to be on winning over the prince. She states that “her prince is finally coming” as if that’s all she wants in life. Naveen is introduced as a handsome young prince that young women find irresistible as soon as he arrives.
He states that rather than believing they must solely prove their independence girls recognize that they can “have the girly dream of glass slippers and true love, these films say, as well as the womanly ideal of self-determination and independence” (Poniewozik 324). Poniewozik explains how a previous generation of women simply aspired to have the ability to do anything a man could. In this new generation, however, he states that choosing the fairytale ending does not debase a woman (Poniewozik 324). A quote from Marlo Thomas, a feminist author, included in the article says, “What women have tried to achieve for other women is choice in every step of their lives” (Poniewozik 324) Through including specific movies, such as Ella Enchanted and The Prince & Me, in which princesshood and feminism blend together to form empowered women who choose to be princesses, the author of this article begins gathering his support for the claim that girls have been affected by this recent transformation in the movie-making
Personification and love were not the only things Villeneuve used in her article, but she also included feministic traits on Beauty to show that she made her own conscious decision of staying with the Beast. Ashely Ross, writer for Time Magazine, writes that Villeneuve’s fairy tale is a strong written fairy tale that contains a strong lead female character that is very intelligent and is able to make her own choices (Ross). With Ross writing this, it is easy to realize how much feminism was inserted into this fairy tale. By Villeneuve having Beauty to be so intelligent and giving her the capability to make her own choices, she shows that Beauty is not the type of girl who could easily be told what to do, or even be fooled into doing something
The story of Cinderella lead me to believe two things: in order to have a better life, I must have a boyfriend and that makeovers fix everything. Disney movies not only constructed my ideas of femininity, but they also imposed gendered sexuality on me at an early age through the use of patriarchy within these films. The message that a woman is lost without a man upholds the dominant social position of men and the submissive social position of women. Due to the emphasis on hetero-romantic love and the construction of heterosexual relationships as magical and natural, I learned to value my appearance as a little girl by wearing makeup, wearing nice clothes and styling my hair so that I could get my prince-charming, who would then validate my femininity. Moreover, my idolization of Disney princesses refined my knowledge on
Did you know that Cinderella is a story used all around the world and there were always villains involved to all Cinderella stories? Who are the antagonists in the Cinderella stories and what motif or archetype in the stories reveals the culture it originated from? In a few of the most known stories in the world, Cinderella and Yeh Shen, the antagonists, the stepmother and stepsisters, have a lot of characteristics that are similar and different. One way the antagonists in the story have in similar is that the stepmothers are both very jealous of Cinderella’s and Yeh Shen’s goodness and beauty. Her stepmother was jealous of all this beauty and goodness, for her own daughter was not pretty at all.
Viola’s cleverness provide Duke Orsino with good advice, and she becomes his confidant. Despite her own developing feelings for him, Viola remains loyal to Orsino 's interests and attempts to fulfill her duties as his attendant. Although Viola was born a noblewoman and her societal role was to be told what to do by an authoritative male figure, she successfully break the barriers that Elizabethan society had forced upon her sex. Viola disregards the proper roles society has placed on the female sex; therefore, she crossdresses, and removes all restraints, and becomes a liberated individual. Viola finds such liberation by dressing as a man, as well as showing characteristics of a man in her actions.
The character Lucy is described as the most innocent character in “Dracula” which is why she is loved by both the characters in the novel as well as the reader. Lucy is thought to be a more traditional woman, in the sense that she is chaste and pure, making her more desirable. She has three different men proposing to her and has the ability to choose the one that she likes the best. Lucy’s purity is sought after because this is how a traditional Victorian woman should act in the eyes of society. Lucy’s transformation from the traditional Victorian woman to a impure Victorian woman began as soon as she became Dracula’s first victim.