Stepmothers in Popular Culture
The evil stepmother was first seen in the original story of Cinderella which was written in 1697 by XXX. Many years later the evil stepmother was seen again in 1812 when the Grimm Brothers created Hansel and Gretal, Snow White, and made their own version of Cinderella. These three stories all portray Booker’s (2004) basic plot of “overcoming the monster” because the protagonist, the step children, must overcome the evil stepmother. These stories are also all myths which do not matter if they are true or not and tend to tell the viewers what is appropriate and not appropriate in our culture. Randazzo says that within myths there is usually archetypes that are common characters that also tell consumers about our culture. One of the positive archetypes is the mother who is nurturing and caring, there then is Randazzo’s shadow form which is the witch or the evil stepmother who is wicked and written in the story to be the villain. The evil stepmother tends to be the Antagonist which the protagonist, the stepchildren, must overcome. The protagonist is often not liked because they are usually pinned against the well liked protagonist of the story. A research from 1998 analyzed how many on-screen stepmothers were portrayed as evil. The researchers discovered that ther...
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...givers but now children are reliant on more than one caregiver. (Strapagiel 2015) (Waterman 2003) Mothers are no longer only expected to nurture the family, they are now also becoming the breadwinners, fixers and organizers. (Bassin and Meryle 1995) Although blended families are helping out the evil stepmother image the famous classic fairy tales cause the negative image to continue to be present. (Hall and Bishop 2009)
Post-Modernism is the idea that improvement does not exist, for the topic of the evil stepmother I would have to disagree with the concept of post-modernism. I believe that with the change of the nuclear family which was talked about above it paves a way for even step-mothers to be excepted. Stepmothers will hopefully be able to overcome the negative stereotype and be able to live without carrying the tainted stepmother name around.
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