The wicked witch of the west wants her sister’s ruby slippers, which apparently have magical powers. However, Glinda has magically put the shoes on Dorothy’s feet. The wicked witch of the west vows to get Dorothy and regain her sister’s shoes, “I’ll get you my pretty and your little dog too” ("Quotes from "The Wizard of Oz", 2018) Besides her vow to the shoes, very little is known about the motivations of the Wicked Witch of the West. Many other mediums in literature and movies have attempted to explain her intentions, including occasionally making her an antihero. Psychoanalytically speaking, the witch’s inner desires are a mystery because so little is known about her.
Disney inspired fairy tales have a certain universality, everything is romanticized and there usually is an evil antagonist making situations worse. In Disney’s Enchanted, Giselle the protagonist is the typical gender stereotyped fairy tale princess. She is a cartoon character in a fictitious place called Andalasia, who later turns into a real woman in New York City after getting pushed into a magic well. This happened because Giselle’s prince’s evil step mother Narissa thought Giselle is marrying the prince to get Narissa dethroned. Similarly, in Sleeping Beauty, Aurora a passive, beautiful princess is cursed to fall into a deep slumber when she is pricked by the spinning needle.
Saying to the tree/bird “shake and quiver, little tree, throw gold and silver down to me” so that she could attend the festival. The bird threw a gold and silver dress with slippers embroidered with silk and silver down to her. Obviously Cinderella didn’t have the same kind of ally in both stories. Also both performed opposite routes to helping her complete her journey. The allies of Cinderella performed different because there divergent things so they would have particular ways of going about stuff and cultural
From its onset with its first feature-length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937, Disney has grown to become a worldwide phenomenon today. But over the years, various parent groups, scholars and film critics have accused Disney for creating shallow, stereotypical princesses whose ultimate aim was to find her 'prince charming ' and live happily ever after. In her article, “What’s Wrong With Cinderella?” in the New York Times, Peggy Orenstein expresses her concern over the effect of princess figures like Cinderella on young girls ' perceptions of themselves and how they should behave (“What’s Wrong With Cinderella?”). However, the later Disney films have gradually attempted to break away from this stereotype resulting in stronger female characters like Ariel, Mulan, and Elsa among others. Keeping this transition in mind, this paper uses semiotic analysis of four popular Disney films, namely, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), The Little Mermaid (1989) and Mulan (1998) to depict the influence of societies ' changing perceptions of women on the portrayal of Disney princesses.
Snow White was know for being the fairest and most beautiful for her pale complexion. Also, Cinderella was fair-skinned unlike the antagonists or her stepsisters in the film as they are dark-skinned. All three princesses are similar as each fell in love at first sight with their princes. They also had to be saved by their prince charming. Snow White had to be saved from biting into the poisoned apple and would only be saved through a kiss from a prince.
Introduction There have been many theories discussed about Wicked the musical, and the connections and comparisons to Gregory Maguire’s novel, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, as well as L. Frank Baum’s children’s book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, it was mentioned that the Wicked Witch of the West (Elphaba) only had one eye that was as powerful as a telescope, and to have melted to a “brown, melted, shapeless mess” after Dorothy threw a bucket of water on her. There was no mention of Elphaba having green skin, or having any connection to green. This notion of Elphaba having green skin from birth was introduced in Maguire’s novel, and carried forward to the musical. This paper will be discussing various theories and relations that might explain this introduction of colour to Wicked.
In the original work, there is too much unnecessary cruel and unusual punishment, whereas in the Disney fairy tale, the story gives hope for a happily ever after. The Brothers Grimm folk tales, typically known for their abundance of violence and sexual content, are completely opposite of the politically correct, picture perfect productions that Walt Disney is often associated with. The two versions of the tale, although generally the same concept, make the reader see the story in two completely different lights. For example, in the original tale, the two step sisters are told by their mother cut off a toe and part of their heel so that the glass slipper will fit with the incentive that “when [they] are queen [they] will no longer have to go on foot” (Grimm and Grimm), and they do it. Disney, realizing the obscenity of the scene, omits these small
In fact, Puck and the Red Queen appear quite similar when closely examined because they both derive their power from the realm of the marvelous, their actions exact chaos and complicate the plot, and both offer full realizations of their protagonists’ deepest desires. Before analyzing the antagonists of each of these stories, it is important first to analyze the stories themselves. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland written by
In Baum’s fairytale, many of the politically charged aspects of Oz that have been discussed also have perfectly practical explanations that relate to the time period of when the story was written. For example, one of the most prominent symbols that theorists see in The Wizard of Oz is the famous yellow brick road. Shortly after Dorothy
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.