This essay will look at typical and biased portrayals of gender roles in fairy tales to find out if they have a positive or negative influence on young children and how this may play a role in creating and maintaining cultural standards for them - more specifically young females - as well as the connection between gender stereotypes and a child’s perception of reality.
Fairy tales started through oral tradition with females as the primary story tellers (Veselá, 2014). In a way, this gave women an outlet to express themselves without the fear of rejection (Veselá, 2014). When the very first fairy narratives were told the intended audience was not children, as they were often violent...
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...ather than ways that best suit their personalities” (Louie, 2012). Humans are not born with the notion of these stereotypes, they are socialized through the help of fairy tales and other forms of media.
The passivity and lack of voice female characters have is seen as a way to oppress women (Nanda, 2014). It is clear these ideologies are ingrained in the minds of children. These inequalities support a patriarchal society (Louie, 2012). In order to move passed these biased stereotypes perceived by society - most importantly by children because they are the future - it is important to recognize them and work towards portraying both males and females as equals. Though fairy tales reinforce gender inequality and promote gender stereotypes they are an important aspect to literature and should not be forgotten, however, modified in order to fairly represent individuals.
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