The damsel in distress trope has prevailed through the ages. It has survived Greek tragedies to Percy Jackson to The Girl who played with Fire. These stories are spoon-fed to our children through children 's books and more popularly, Disney and Pixar movies. Disney continues to set forth the ideal that females, like Cinderella, Snow White, Beauty, and Rapunzel, are just waiting for a strong man to rescue them. In today 's libraries there exists scores, upon scores of books featuring, the typical female victim, or the distressed damsel.
Despite the fact that these women had to suffer great ordeals during those times, fairytales have decided to convert this dreadful story into a story of love. In short, fairytales have always been, and always will be, based on the ideology of love being the true key to happiness. Despite the fact that numerous recent adaptations of the same fairytales try to make it more feminist, the “feminist” protagonist is almost always swept off her feet. References Belinkie, M. (2009). The Princess and the Frog: A Comparative Analysis.
Dorothy being a vulnerable six years old girl, becomes one of the most powerful being in the land of Oz. The death of the Wicked Witch of the East made her a national hero of the Munchkins. Baum characterizes Dorothy as a strong female character. She displays perseverance and independence in order to reach her goal, to go back to Kansas. Considering her young age, it is expected from her to feel disoriented and vulnerable, however she finds solutions to her problems and carries them through.
“ (Rowling, 118) In the passage above, Hermione saves Ron and Harry by casting a petrification spell on their opponent, which allows the three heroes to escape safely. This is an example how Hermione challenges the stereotypical representation of women in literature, where Hermione is proven to be capable of protecting both her and her friends, which can be considered actions parallel to a male hero. 3.2 Molly Weasley Molly Weasley is the wife of Arthur Weasley and biological mother of seven children, including protagonist Ron Weasley. She and her family belong to the Pureblood class, but they are Muggle Born sympathizers, which in turn make them viewed as Blood Traitors and equivalent to Muggle Borns in the eyes of other Purebloods. Her role in her family and series as a whole has been to be the housewife , however in the big picture she can be viewed as the embodiment of all mothers who care deeply about her friends and family.
Have you ever thought about what living in a world with talking animals and foods that can change your size would be like? Well, in the book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, the main character, Alice, falls down a rabbit hole into Wonderland, a place filled with strange people, animals, and odd encounters with these characters. Some major events in this story are when Alice first finds the door to the garden, drinks the strange liquid so she would shrink, then she meets the Cheshire Cat, the March Hare, and the Mad Hatter. It is also important when she plays croquet with the queen. Another important event is when Alice finally makes it into the garden.
The Wizard of Oz is a literary work that has been developed to film and follows Dorothy 's journey down The Yellow Brick Road to escape the Wicked Witch of the West. Throughout Dorothy’s journey she learns the value of persistence, much like Dante learns through traveling in the depths of Dis. Throughout each literary work, the idea of surrounding oneself with good company (also known as a good leader) and never giving up is presented many times. Though the journey is challenging, having good company and not giving up will make any journey much more bearable. Both Dorthy from The Wizard of Oz and Dante from Dante’s Inferno both are at the stake of following or not following their rightful path.
For nothing was it said, “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.” In accordance to this proverb an apt example is Dr. Sudha Murty , who is a prolific fiction author in Kannada and English and has published several books that promote her views on feminism, charity, hospitality and self-realization through fictional narratives. She is a recipient of many awards and the most notable amongst them are the Padma Shri and the R.K. Narayan’s award for her contribution to literature. The new women depicted by Sudha Murty are hard working, dedicated, delicate and docile. They normally go for complete surrendering but the very essence of self-respect always remains with them, ultimately, forcing them to become rebellions though in a very subdued way. The present paper is based on the psychological realism, exclusively to the main characters of the
Because of the books’ powerful female characters, calls for revolution of women were widespread and on the rise. The Woman Warrior and A Doll’s House compare because their authors made female characters throughout both works challenge the norms of society through feminism, identity, and sexism. First and foremost, Ibsen tackles women 's rights as a matter of importance in A Doll’s House, but it was not intentional. He successfully created the dramatic argument that continues to this day; that of feminism. “Ibsen’s work and its uses demonstrate the full range of lived experience that defined modern rebellion and it reminds us that theatre and drama played a central role in making that rebellion visible and available to a wide public”(Kelly 12).
Once they arrived at the pet shop, Elisabeth immediately busied herself with finding the cheapest cage for the substitute hamster until she heard a little boy’s voice: “Mum! Who is that?” “She looks like she’s had a few too many,” said another voice. “Why is she making finger guns at the rats?” Elisabeth whirled around to find, to her horror, Amelia pretending to shoot the rats, which were scampering about in a frenzy. “I remembered something,” Amelia grinned up at Elisabeth to reveal the gap between her front teeth. “I used to shoot critters like these with a rifle.” Elisabeth took a long, dismayed glance at Amelia, and then the crowd of disgusted customers and store clerks.
In the epic poem, The Odyssey, by Homer, there are many female characters who play the role of a villain. Calypso, Scylla, Charybdis, and the sirens are among the women with the largest, negative impacts on Odysseus’ journey home. Though some women, such as Athena, Eurycleia, and Penelope, are loyal to Odysseus throughout the poem. With such a wide range of female characters, they all contribute different things throughout the book, whether the impact of their actions is negative or positive. Regardless of the outcomes, Homer has quite a modern view of female representation in his poem.