Would I Become the Next Snow White? Ah, to be a Disney Girl! To possess beauty so divine it can melt the hearts of charming princes and gruff miners alike. To be able to use the same gift to tame temperamental beasts, while you attract, through angelic song, otherwise timid forest creatures. To know that, in the end-despite the fact that your wicked stepmother has forced you into a life of servitude and an evil queen is seeking your mutilated heart-yes, in the end, some day your prince will come.
Though Snow White is the protagonist of the story one must consider the importance of the wicked Step Mother in the tale. Looking at it from the step mother’s point of view, and bringing it back to the mo... ... middle of paper ... ...s a person because she is only able to find maturity in marrying a man. The Disney version of Snow White and the seven Dwarfs is not to off in comparison with the Grimm’s brothers fairytale. Therefore, both lack deeper level of personification for their characters which are not many of them. This affects the readers/ viewers of the Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs story because it only allows us to see the superficial messages of gender roles and not reflection of mirroring in it affects to our identity development.
As the poem begins, Sexton starts with how the Prince and Cinderella are living happily ever after, but compromising the original naïve direction, she gives the poem a modern context bringing the reader back to reality. While it is obvious to the audience the discrepancies in Sexton’s version, it brings out many jealousies many of us struggle with, such as wealth and everlasting happiness. Sexton makes her audience notice early on many of the pre-conceived notions and expectations we bring to fairy tales. Sexton knows that real life gives no reason to be perceived as happiness, because why learn something that will never amount to use in reality? This tale is Sexton’s answer to her audiences of the “happ... ... middle of paper ... ...hips.
In classic fairy tales the woman is usually in need of rescuing, and the prince is the one who rescues her. In both of these stories the Gender roles are somewhat different, especially in Tangled. Tangled presents different gender roles than most classical fairy tales because, Rapunzel is more independent, does not fall in love immediately, and saves the prince in the end. In the movie Tangled Rapunzel is more independent than most fairy tale princesses. The original German version written by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm represent several classic gender roles in fairy tales and some different roles as well.
Fairy tales are not generally considered to be shining examples of modern-day feminism. They tend to reduce their female characters to simple objects of physical attractiveness, and usually center their conversations and actions around other male characters, because everyone knows that women exist solely to look pretty and talk about men. In the classic fairy tale “Snow White,” made popular by the Disney film adaptation, this stereotype holds true, although this particular woman actually has value, since she can cook and clean. Both Snow White and her evil stepmother are controlled by societal pressures to be beautiful, the primary way women of the time could grasp onto any semblance of power in a world that only saw their exteriors. In the
Snow White is a representation of fake beauty because she is just another young princess with red lips, black hair, white skin, skinny body, and a beautiful face. This is a great example that exhibits how a women should typically be, but that is not reality. Even the mirror describes her as the girl with “lips red as the rose, hair black as ebony, skin white as snow” (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937). Disney always uses the same type of characters. The same scenario repeats itself constantly: a young lady who is or becomes a princess waiting for her dream man to rescue her and marry her.
Children are impressionable and it is important to make sure that what they are viewing has a positive impact on them in the future. Germany and the U.S. are not the only countries guilty of stereotyping women in fairy tales but they have such vast brand names that it is hard to ignore. Disney and The Brothers Grimm fairy tales are different in content, but share the same uncharitable views of women and societies image of a hero.
The taking away of beauty can also show the true colors of the other characters because it shows that they are insecure. They are scared of Cinderella and by changing a simple look, it can give them the confidence to rule over her. Another personality trait that Cinderella has is the “damsel in distress” princess. This was very common in older princesses like The Little Mermaid, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Rapunzel. All of these characters engulf this idea that princesses are passive, naive, innocent, easy targets, and always wanting to be rescued.
It is this element of hope in a true fairytale that creates the support for a protagonist to overcome the opposing force that has been thrust onto them. A genuine fairytale is said to have the element of, “A innocent character [placed against] the evil character who normally loses somehow,” (Gokturk) which is seen as Cinderella is chosen by the prince over the evil step-sisters at the ball. As human beings with a developed moral system, it has been seen that the more deserving, mistreated character is favored to succeed in the story. Cinderella is seen as this “underdog” character in her quest to find love with the prince and overcome her step-sisters’ mistreatment. As Cinderella is mistreated by her new family, sympathy is built for the emerging protagonist and hope of her to conquer her situation follows.
In Shrek, there are many of these different characters. Therefore, by explanation, a traditional fairytale with the beautiful princess getting saved by the prince and falling in love is exactly what happens in the movie Shrek, just with a twist. The voice over in the trailer for Shrek states it perfectly as he says “Shrek is a highly irreverent take on the classic fairytale” (Adamson). As an untraditional fairytale, and a parody, the movie Shrek poses the breaking of stereotypes of gender and film fairytales all the while keeping the criteria of a fairytale. The original Disney fairytales portray their princesses as beautiful, elegant, and very ladylike.