Many of the Disney princesses often represent ideal female qualities and characteristic behaviors. In Towbins article she also states, “Men are depicted as physically aggressive, non-expressive, and as heroic saviors, particularly of women. Women are portrayed as beautiful, dependent on men, and engaged in domestic responsibilities” (Towbin). For example, in Disney’s Snow White, Snow White tidies the cottage she lives in, she cooks for the seven dwarfs, and makes sure they wash up for dinner. In Cinderella, Cinderella is responsible for cleaning, cooking, and doing the laundry for her step mother and step sisters.
Thus, interest in children 's books was growing and fairytales turned into children tales which were carrying moral concern. Along with the 20th century, Walt Disney has changed the concepts of its tales. They were no longer carrying any social message and it put children in a total dream world. At first sight, many Disney tales look innocent but they fundamentally have strong images hidden. For example, Disney draws a female figure that is dependent, which unknowingly cause gender stereotype in society.
Fairy tales, in reality, implant unrealistic expectations and stereotypes into children’s minds. Let’s first take a look at the general Disney fairy tale movie storyline. In almost every movie, the men have full control over the women’s lives, resulting in the objectification of female characters. For example, Prince Charming is the one to “help” Cinderella get everything she ever wanted. In Sleeping Beauty, Princess Aurora “needs” the prince to wake her up from her sleep.
Further, I analyzed that sexism in the narrative, especially in the scene where she was with the dwarfs and the only way that she could be accommodated, she was to serve them, cook for them, clean, sweep and wash to keep the cottage tidy. This is portraying that the roles of women are clean while the dwarfs symbolizing men go out to do menial jobs. Additionally, the plot of The Little Snow-White is straightforward, and it narrates a story where the beauty of the Little Snow-White attracts envy and hatred from her own stepmother, that almost caused her death. The beautiful queen with heart as dark as the bats of the night ordered a huntsman to kill the innocent seven-year old princess. The narrative was told from the point of view of an omniscient narrator that gives the reader the opportunity to share in the struggle of the little princess.
The role and especially age do not matter when a female should be submissive. Snow White started at the very young age of seven years old. When the dwarfs notice Snow White in their home and she told the story of why she was there, the dwarfs said, “If you will take care of our house, cook, make the beds, wash, sew, and knit, and if you will keep everything neat and clean, you can stay with us and you shall want for nothing” (252). Once again, the statement insinuates a female should have the ability to do housework and mainly focus home as the main part of their responsibility. It also shows the expectation of being told what to do, to be rewarded at the end.
In the Grimm Brothers version of Cinderella the theme is what you push out into the world is what people get in return. That is the message believed to come from the Grimm Brothers because she was treated badly and at the end the evil stepsisters get there eyes pecked out the helper birds that helped make Cinderella dress and shoes. In the Little Golden Book version of Cinderella the beloved theme is ensure kindness and carry courage with oneself and the rest will follow. That is believed to the theme because when Cinderella was kind and had courage everything good in her life followed, like her gog to the ball and having a new and fair life with the prince. In the 2015 Disney Film of Cinderella the theme is believed to be, have kindness and have
In children's books, including fairy tales, women are misrepresented such as weak, speechless, uneducated and the only thing they can do just wait for a prince and home duties. However, in modern life, women are educated, owns companies, they can perform jobs that men perform, they are strong and successful. Reading fairy tales to children which represent women stereotypically, they may detrimental to girls. It lowers their self-esteem and potential for their future because they will mirror themselves with protagonist where women’s job is to cook and clean a house.
In the story Ashputtle she has two stepsisters which is the same as in Cinderella. In both stories both of the stepsisters are very mean to Ashputtle/Cinderella. In the story Ashputtle they said to her, “Get into the kitchen where you belong!” They took away her fine clothes and gave her an old gray dress and wooden shoes to wear. In Cinderella her stepsisters came to her tore off her pearl necklace and ripped apart her dress, both stories the stepsisters hated Ashputtle/Cinderelle.
GENDERED ROLES IN MARRIAGE IN EMILY DICKINSON’S POEM Emily Dickinson was in a time where women were primarily raised to be the accommodating housewife, bound to the household duties of everyday life and social conventions created by a patriarchal society, which continued the diversion of both genders into different spheres of society. In “Emily Dickinson and Popular Culture”, David S. Reynolds, a new historicism critic, wrote that it's no surprise that the majority of Dickinson's poetry was produced between 1858-1866, “It was a period of extreme consciousness about proliferation of varied women's role in American culture.” It was a time where women were actively searching for more “literary” ways of self expression (Reynolds :25).
Iconic fairy tales such as Grimm Brother's Cinderella and Snow White are not innocent tales about young girls achieving their dreams but are rather misogynist stories. The two fairy tales have the similarity of involving a young girl who is oppressed by a wicked step mother then later on, the girl is saved by marrying a prince. One can discover the misogynist and the men controlled society by examining how the writers represent women in their fairytales. Both, Cinderella and Snow White can be dissected and analyzed through the Feminist theory. The two tales contain gender roles stereotypes, unrealistic importance of superficial beauty and the view of men as salvation for the girl's oppressed lives.
As children grow up, they tend to forget the stories that once made up their lives and look down upon what they deem as “child’s play”; however, these stories raise children where parents are not present. Fairy tales characters for children are the construction workers of the adult world, and as the children mature into adulthood, the gates of imagination are opened and the storybook characters morph into newspaper headlines; suddenly, the clock strikes twelve and the glitz and glamour disappear as the realization that “human nature is not innately good, that conflict is real [and] life is harsh before it is happy” (Tatar 306) sinks in. James Braddock, as he attends the ball, assumes the role of Atlas, holding the weight of the working class
The Journey from Restrained to Independent The evolution of women’s rights has a unique history of its own. Women’s rights have evolved tremendously throughout many decades. Going back to the colonial times, English women did not have personal rights and they served as maids to their loved ones. Modern women have the freedom that our female ancestors did not have.