Pocahontas is a widely recognized Disney movie, with its heroic protagonist and amazing storyline and well recognized music. However the majority of the movie is based on false or inaccurate facts. I will be comparing the Disney movie Pocahontas with the real story behind it. The relationship between the Native Americans and the English settlers, the relationship between John Smith and Pocahontas, and how Pocahontas greatly influenced and impacted both the English settlers and her native tribe.
Women have been in movies since they first started playing on the big screen, they have played an assortment of roles, the damsel in distress, the first one to die, the poor scullery maid who ends up a princess, the evil witch, etc. While some of the roles have shed bad light on women, for example being a femme fatale, other movies have set positive examples for the future generations. As time has changed, the Disney princesses have evolved with it, each princess becoming more outspoken and independent, influencing the young women of today to want to grow up to be just like them, “They enact a shift from the "princesses" of ballet to the "heroes" of sport. Heroism, egalitarianism and autonomy are slipped into the conventions of Disney princesshood” (Do Rozario, R.,C., 2004, para. 34). In Mulan the movie, Mulan saves her father by disobeying him, and taking his place in the war by doing that she ended up saving her whole country. Disney isn’t telling young women to disobey their parents; they’re showing them that while you may be a girl, you can be brave and succeed.
The Walt Disney Company is a pillar of American culture, and has had an immense impact on society as a whole, for decades. The films created are filled with beautiful messages, catchy songs, and colorful characters. When discussing Disney films, critiques, and viewers in general, tend to focus the conversation around the portrayal of women and the influence it has on young women. There has been an unavoidable debate concerning the ideologies promoted by the Disney films, and in particular its princesses, since Snow White came out in 1937. The princesses were in fact often represented as passive characters with tiny waists, who are constantly in need of rescuing. These concepts in creating female characters contribute to societal standards of
It is commonly known that Disney’s Pocahontas is often presented as one of the more progressive films in relation to women’s rights as one of its main characters is a powerful woman of color, even known amongst those who have never even seen this film. However it presents many stereotypes about Native Americans that this group continually work towards ridding in order to restore their humanity and demand respect. Some of these stereotypes include positing Native Americans as “savages,” or the idea of the “good” versus the “bad” Native, the women as exotic, and the possession of mystical powers. This unjustly and prejudicially places these Natives as the “Other,” creating an “us versus them” dichotomy, in which they lack in power.
The life of Pocahontas is one big contradiction. If you grew up watching the movie Pocahontas then most of what you know about her is false. In reading Pocahontas, Powhatan, Opechancanough: Three Indian Lives Changed by Jamestown by Helen Roundtree her explanation of the life of the Indians and their customs, you would be more inclined to believe her rendering of the life of Pocahontas than what Disney has portrayed or even your elementary teacher. Roundtree did extensive research on the Native American culture and consulted with Chief Anne Richardson of the Rappahannock Indian Tribe as well as Keith Smith of the Nansemond Indian Tribe to ensure that all her work was accurate and expressed the true nature and customs of the Native Americans of Pocahontas’ time. In doing so we truly see that there was a huge misconception of the life of Pocahontas’ and the discrepancies are huge.
Although many movies try to recount the most important events and biggest accomplishments in history, many of them end up taking the focus away from the real impact of the historical event. Due to the need to create a movie that has drama and an attractive or complex story line. The 1995 version of the movie Pocahontas directed by Daniele Suissa focuses on Powhatan princess Matoaka, known as Pocahontas, and the events that resulted from English colonists settling in Powhatan lands. Although the movie incorporated a few important details of the actual historical event, overall, it poorly represented the lasting effects Pocahontas’s encounter with the settlers had on the history of colonial America.
In the cartoon film “Pocahontas” Disney screen writers attempted to make a film that could depict a certain period of history while still making it entertaining for younger viewers. The film was meant to introduce the history of early colonization in America to younger generations in ways that would be easy to understand, yet educational because of the topic matter. However, because of the numerous historical inaccuracies, it's almost as if Disney completely disregarded the historical aspect of the story and took an entirely different route. Overall, there are several historical accuracies and inaccuracies that leave historians to question the historical value of the film and the lessons it is teaching to younger generations on early American
As many children across the globe grow up, they watch every kind of Disney Film, including Pocahontas. This movie, though fictional, helped to depict the relationships of the native and the English settlers. The movie The New World directed by Terence Malick, like Pocahontas, helped to show the relationship the two groups of people had, but in more accurate and real terms. As the film progresses, the relationships Pocahontas builds and even the person she falls in love with. There are hardships, friendships, and evolution of the characters, especially Pocahontas. This film portrays the evolution of Pocahontas as a naive native who knows nothing about the technologies and capabilities of the English, to a young girl that falls in love, and then
Disney is a brand synonymous with magic and fairytales – their princesses play a huge role in that mysticism. In the debate considering which one is the best, we can examine the message of the corresponding film, the princess’s aesthetic, and the audience’s reception to their film. In comparing the princesses: Belle, Moana, Elsa, and Mulan, all post-modern Disney princesses – Moana is the best.
When sitting down to watch either a TV or a movie, it is not thought about how much it references the fundamentals of American politics. Whether it is politics, political power, one of the bases of democracy, federalism or political culture, it is shown in almost every episode of a television series or movie that is produced. With so many crime dramas on TV or war movies that come out to theaters where it is obvious to see the connection between the two, a not so common place that one would think to see the fundamentals of American politics would be in Disney movies. Over the almost decade that Disney has been producing movies, a handful of them show many different aspects of American politics, one of which is Pocahontas.
Unfortunately, these stories all lack a crucial sense of diversity in today’s emerging and multicultural world. In the realm of the Disney Princesses franchise specifically, seven of the eleven women are Caucasian. Of these princesses, Snow White, Cinderella, Ariel, and Aurora all exhibit similar aspects of female subordination and second-class citizenry. These women, so idolized around the world for their beauty and enchanting fairytales, are also remarkably indicative of a time where civil rights for women were not prevalent, and furthermore illustrate a sense of complacency with this environment. In the current media-centered learning structure, adolescent girls look up to the princesses’ example, and are thereby taught that it is both normal and acceptable to be subjugated to men and dependent on them.
To conclude with “The General History of Virginia” and Disney’s version of Pocahontas, the two stories had two different opinions and views. Although, Disney’s portrayal of Pocahontas was perceived as an offense to the Native Americans, no one really knows the actual events that took place during that time. People will continue to think that John Smith’s version was a bit hysterical, while the Native Americans will take the Disney movie Pocahontas to an offense. John Smith and Disney both gave their own versions of their story. Others will continue to do the same.
...n a bit of a glamorous image as Pocahontas has been depicted as a beautiful, free spirited, brave and independent girl. Pocahontas is known, primarily because she became the hero of Euro-Americans as the "good Indian", one who saved the life of a white man. Not only is the "good Indian/bad Indian theme" inevitably given new life by Disney, but the history, as recorded by the English themselves, is badly falsified in the name of entertainment. Bibliography http://cougar.ucdavis.edu/nas/varese/nas191/Marie/home.html http://mytwobeadsworth.com/NAreclaimhollyimage.html http://www.academon.com/lib/paper/5846.html http://www.indiancountry.com/article/2565 http://www.free-termpapers.com/tp/30/mlo89.shtml http://www.uwm.edu/Library/special/exhibits/clastext/clspg135.htm http://www.powhatan.org/pocc.html http://nativenet.uthscsa.edu/alison-thesis/relation.html