When the Grand Duke arrives at Cinderella’s house, her stepsisters try on the slipper, but it does not fit them. Then, Cinderella appears, tries on the slipper, and it fits. Soon after, Cinderella is happily married to the Prince (Cinderella). This is Disney’s 1950’s account of the classic fairy tale Cinderella, which greatly differs from the Brothers Grimm retelling. The Brothers Grimm story is filled with violence and misfortune, not with fairy godmothers and singing mice, as in Disney’s version.
That being said makes it no surprise that Disney constantly gets an anti-feminist label on all of their creations. The theme of the princesses’ perfect appearance being necessary to get them the prince often reoccurs. This idea is also backed up by Kathi Maio who states, “The movie says if a young woman is pretty and sweet-natured, she can change an abusive man into a kind and gentle man. In other words it is a woman’s fault if her man abuses her” (Disney’s Dolls).... ... middle of paper ... ...n by naming the title of the movie after the main female protagonists. Just look at the Little Mermaid, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and even Beauty and the Beast.
Most people in this day and Age know this story, Snow White is a princess whose mother dies and her fathers new wife (Snow Whites Stepmother) is an evil queen Who is very Vain and Has a Magic mirror that tells her she is the fairest of them all. But then after the king dies the mirror tells the queen that Snow White has surpassed her in beauty. The queen then tells her henchmen to take Snow White to the forest and kill her and bring back her heart. Because of Snow Whites beauty he is unable to kill her and so he tells her to run. So, Snow White runs and runs until she finds a hut of seven dwarfs, and she lives with them.
At first she tells Cinderella that she can go also even... ... middle of paper ... ...nce and Cinderella live happily ever after. In the end of "Ever After';, the wicked stepmother is called to the palace. She doesn't know that Danielle and the prince are married. The king and queen question the stepmother of lying to the queen. They tell her that if she doesn't tell the truth, she will be killed.
Grimm movies are original and include new concepts, while Disney is constantly using the same ideas over and over again. Disney movies are repeating the same story lines over and over, but just change the characters. For example Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs is about an evil queen who hates Snow White and tries to kill her, but is stopped when a the price comes to save Snow White with a magical kiss. The same storyline shows up in the movie Tangled when Flynn Rider gets stabbed by Mother Gothel and Flynn’s true love, Rapunzel, is forced to save him with her magical tears. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Tangled aren’t the only movies with very similar plots.
All is well until the stepmother asks her magic mirror ?Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?? to which the mirror replies that she is not the fairest for Snow White has grown more fair. Angered by this she sends a huntsman to kill her stepdaughter. Instead he warns the princess and tells her to run away and never return. Snow white runs deep into the Forrest, frightened and homeless she is offered refuge at the Dwarfs cottage.
This legend is based on the Brothers Grimm parable which is one of their earliest works. In the Grimm story, the Queen is the princess’s real mother. When the queen finds out from the mirror that her daughter is more beautiful than herself, she becomes jealous and grows to hate her own daughter - who is “fairest of them all” (The Origins of Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty" 2) at only seven years old. The queen sends the huntsman to kill Snow White like in the original story, however she requests the lungs and liver of her daughter, not the heart. The huntsman lets her go mostly because he thinks the wild animals will kill her anyways.
Growing up, all of us probably have read fairy tales where there is a stepmother who is seen as a witch for treating her stepdaughter so poorly. We associate the stepmother with ideas of evil. When many of us hear of the words black, cold, jealousy and evil we often times think of stepmothers from fairy tales who devised plans in order to stop their stepdaughters from gaining anything. These arrogant stepmothers have different moods relating to the setting and symbols, they have developed the idea of dramatic irony and also have their own point of view for their actions throughout different fairy tales. The types of moods that go along with a character such as the evil stepmother is shown in these fairy tales.
These tales of course vary in the details: The stepmother (or sometimes the mother herself) attacks Snow White in a variety of different ways, and the maiden is forced to take refuge with a number of different kinds of unlikely protectors robbers, assassins, giants, and fairies as well as those adorable Disney dwarves (Bacchilega, 1997, p. 29). Each version of "Snow White," no matter how different the surface details, shares several factors in common that are central to the way gender is described and used in so many Western fairytales: The heroine has a wondrous origin, she is innocent, she is persecuted at the hands of a jealous older woman, she is apparently killed (or dies) and she is then resurrected (Bacchilega, 1997, p. 31). The most striking of these elements is female jealousy, because while it is certainly not essential to the plot, it is a ubiquitous element of these stories. Fairytales, like other commonly performed cultural texts, must be seen in some sense as methods of instruction. We tell stories to our children to entertain and amuse them, to ... ... middle of paper ... ...bmissive.
The appearance of an evil stepmother possibly represents the threat of being at the mercy of the father's new wife who the children must be subordinate to. This matches the concepts in traditional fairy tales, in which we can find several cases of witches or evil stepmothers: in Cinderella, the stepmother punishes her stepdaughter by treating her as a servant and giving her tasks to perform instead of going to the royal ball