Every girl has at one time wanted to be a princess. We held this belief because of the stories we were told as young girls. The stories we heard in which poor peasant girls could become princesses through perseverance, patience, beauty or wit. These stories were introduced to us under the guise of fairytales, which, for many of us are synonymous with the name Grimm, although several of our favorite fairytales are by other authors. Even if you don’t know the name Grimm, you know at least one story by the brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.
Walt Disney films are known as one of the most prominent developers of fantasy stories and characters and most of these made use of films as a tool to expose such movies. Evidently, children has always been exposed to this kind of films, films that has the “never-ending-tale-of-love-story” concept. Walt Disney had created its own television network known to be “Disney channel” using logo of famous Mickey Mouse. The network developed different shows that was not exclusively for children but has a wide range of target viewers. A great number of viewers are mostly female children who more often than not portray and imitate the princesses in the film.
“Beauty and Splendor”: The Ascribed Role of Princesses in Fairy Tales Fairy tales have long been known as stories told to entertain children. Throughout the years, these stories have been passed along from one generation to the next as a method of teaching historical and moral lessons. However, we often do not give adequate attention to the stereotypes created with the common motifs in these tales. More often than not, fairy tales are based upon royalty and young women in fairy tales are obligated to become the ascribed role of princess. It is known that because of precedence,princesses must be adored and this is simply because of their outstanding appearance.
In pursuit of romance and having the mindset of doing whatever it takes for love, Disney creates this magical world and targets the youth, especially young girls. Walt Disney was a creative and “radical filmmaker who changed [one’s] ... ... middle of paper ... ...ironment. Young people use all kinds of media to find out who they are and what the world is like. The media is a powerful influence on children’s ideas and understanding of the world. If Disney continues to portray women with these stereotypical ideas, this endless cycle of gender roles will never be diminished.
All these adaptations are what makes the tale a fairy tale. It started out as an oral fairy tale being passed down from generation to generation to become a written fairy tale that has gone through many transitions. This fairy tale was made even more famous by Walt Disne... ... middle of paper ... ...of timelessness which is so essential to the fairy-tale genre of the Grimm Brothers, the fairy tale is able to relate to everyday life, not just the lives of the peasants in the 1800's. Today, we are still enchanted by the stories and so will generations to come. Works Cited Tracy, Joe.
Social Attitudes and Fairy Tales For hundreds of years, parents have been enthralling children with stories of magic and wishes coming true. Fairy tales are passed from one generation to the next through oral tradition, and, in modern times, books. As various societies develop, fairy tales are changed to fit the needs and morals those societies want to impress upon their children. Thus, the style and content of a fairy tale is directly affected by the social attitudes of a particular society at a particular time. Many of the original oral-tradition fairy tales were preserved by Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm in written form.
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