“The dangerous world of the princess,” shows the definition of what a princess should be “pretty, gentle, sweet, passive, tiny feet and a handsome prince” (Cochrane paragraph 1), that is why little girls fantasize of being all these things. They want to wear makeup, jewelry, dresses and have good manners while waiting for their charming prince to come and take them away and live that happily ever after fantasy. But when little girls make their life around a fairytale and do not move on those thoughts it becomes a worry to adults if there ever going to move on from that stage. “The toddler had stopped running and jumping, and insisted on wearing only dresses. She sat on the front step quietly waiting, she said, for her prince,” (Hanes paragraph 1).
The narrator says this to further the idea that the character of Cinderella evolves during the entire tale. She begins being this beautiful girl to this bottom-feeder only bossed around by her own family. This is significant when the stepmother takes “her beautiful clothes away” and dresses Cinderella “in an old gray smock” with “wooden shoes” (Grimm 1). This change makes the character more vulnerable in which it can make the other characters push her around more. The taking away of beauty can also show the true colors of the other characters because it shows that they are insecure.
In the 1900s, it was expected for a woman to stay home and take care of the house and children. This is why these versions of “Snow White” are so related to each other. In “Little Snow White,” the dwarfs state: “If you will keep the house for us, and cook, sew, make beds, wash, and knit, and keep everything clean and orderly, then you can stay here, and you 'll have everything that you want. We come home in the evening, and supper must be ready by then, but we spend the days digging for gold in the mine” (J. W. Grimm
Domestic expectations were not just cleaning the house and cooking dinner but also taking care of the family and making sure they are happy. Another domestic expectation for woman came out of the cult of domesticity and the feminine mystique. This raised expectations for women by making sure the home was clean. If a person saw a dirty floor they were instantly judged as a lazy and not a good house wife (Coryell, 179-181). This idea increased with the feminine mystique that revived the idea of cult of domesticity in the 1950’s (Coryell, 379-380).
Finally, the relationship between a mother and daughter is also a major focus in this text. The portrayal of gender in this text shows the husband as the prime breadwinner of the household while the wife stays home to clean the house and tend for the children. This is clearly our traditional family lifestyle of a household. Now although this can be considered traditional, we clearly see this lifestyle outdated in our twenty-first century society today. The text is demonstrated to show the young daughter her place in society, and teach the young girl the everyday tasks she will need to know in order to run a household smoothly and successfully.
Some examples of this are Ella Enchanted, Into the Woods, The Slipper and The Rose, and The Glass Slipper. There are many more stories and movies based around the original story Cinderella. We should all know the story about how a girl lives with her evil stepmother and stepsisters, and she loses her glass slipper and the prince did not sleep until she was found and when he found her then they lived happily ever after. My report today is going to tell you about the Grimm Brothers version, Cinderella original, and the Cinderella non-animated movie. Also how these stories resemble each other and how the roles of each character are similar.
In fact, Charles Perrault wrote a darker version of it almost three centuries before. Perrault’s twisted feminist version has hidden messages and meanings still puzzling scholars today. Some say that at the end of every fairy tale he would put a rhyme that would be a hidden message to little girls. The messages presented caution about not trusting strangers or to stay true to who you are. Unlike Disney’s anti- feminist version, often characterizing girls as the damsel’s in distress, Perrault’s gives girls the look of independence.
Child beauty pageants, this experience could be more harmful than helpful. Child beauty pageants could be more of a horrifying situation than a “horror movie”’. Beauty pageants can cause many mental issues for these young girls, especially the fear of never being “good enough”. Child beauty pageants, range from ages three to eighteen, but some even have baby categories. These young girls are plastered on with make-up, high cheeks bones, “perfect” smiles, perfect bodies their hair is tossed and curled, all ... ... middle of paper ... ...can often effect girls even in to their adult years having long term effects.
Many women characters throughout American literature reflect the same conflicts and attitudes of Nora in Ibsen's play A Doll House. The role of a woman was inferior to that of a man, especially in marriages. The main duties of a woman were centered around the home. They were expected to fulfill their domestic duties, such as caring for the children, cooking washing, and cleaning the household. She had the responsibilities of dealing with a household and she almost always had children to care for, which required strength and knowledge; however, being able too fulfill marital duties and satisfying her husband brought satisfaction to some married women.
A Positive View of the Disney Princess Profile As Miley Cyrus was seen swinging naked across her wrecking ball, parents cringed at the thought of their children idolizing the once famous Disney star. Children often idolize many things they see on television and movie productions. At the forefront of that topic is the famous Disney Princess art form. Parents, as well as psychologists, tear apart the pure aspect of Disney and the popular Princess by showing opinionated conclusions of how the Disney Princess is considered bad for the youth of America. The fact remains that if all items are looked at through the figurative magnifying glass, then each one could be considered bad in some way.