Stereotypes In Grimm And Disney

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Gender Ideology in Grimm and Disney Why are young girls in society expected to look up to perfect princesses as role models? When did singing with animals and loving to cook and clean become admirable traits? Since 1937, movies have been made about the Grimm fairy tale princesses that highlight these ideals. Not only are these things inaccurate in real life; they are also altered from their original stories. The movies do not properly display how the characters were originally written and enforce stereotypes set for women in literature from this time period. Disney and Grimm have both been heavily critiqued because of their sexism. Throughout all of their stories they often address women as either the helpless victim or …show more content…

Cinderella has a happy life until her mother dies and Cinderella's father remarries a cold, cruel woman who has two daughters, who are referred to as the ugly stepsisters. When the father dies, Cinderella's stepmother turns her into a slave in her own house. Meanwhile, the prince is having a ball in order to find a bride. Cinderella’s friends the mice, and the birds make her a dress with the help of her Fairy Godmother and she attends the ball and the prince is immediately infatuated. He doesn't know her name or remember anything about her other than her beauty and even so he has to use a shoe to find her. Once again, the men in these stories are much more concerned with the physical appearance of someone than anything else …show more content…

Some of these include the fact that Cinderella's powers which are completely ignored. She is able to control animals and she does not have a fairy godmother. Instead she has a tree that is over her mother’s grave that she cried over so much it became magical. Getting rid of these take away from her character and make her appear more helpless. Disney also eliminates the Prince’s many attempts to try to capture the Princess. It is alarming that everyone in the kingdom was trying to help him find this girl who wanted to stay away from him. Her stepsisters became so desperate to try to marry the prince that they cut off their toes and heels to fit into the slipper. They were sacrificing their ability to walk just so that they could be royalty

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