In Wonderland, language seems frequently confusing and without a purpose and is not utilized to teach or learn. Conversely, Alice’s experiences in Looking-glass world help her progress to the next stage in her development. When Alice ventures out of the garden of talking flowers, she has an objective in mind: she wants to become a queen. She does not know all the rules of the world, but she knows the direction she must travel and she knows what she seeks. She moves with purpose, seeks to learn, and gladly accepts help along the way.
Labyrinth In the year 1986, Jim Henson directed the movie Labyrinth, starring David Bowie; this perplex and interesting movie depicts a story with an odd, psychological twist. The movie begins with 15-year-old Sarah, played by Jennifer Connelly, being put in charge of her younger brother by her inept stepmother and reclusive father. The young girl, who took a high interest in theater and plays, especially the Labyrinth, dramatically attempted to defy her parents’ requests. After her parents leave, her younger brother, Toby, cries continuously until Sarah realized that she had enough! Sarah then wished for her baby brother to be whisked away by the goblins to the far-away Goblin Kingdom.
Significance of Dorothy’s Journey in the Wizard of Oz Often times, people want more from their basic life. They may be unsatisfied with personal issues or simply unhappy and want to escape. But when we go searching for what we believe is “missing” in our lives, we later discover that we’ve lost sight of what is actually significant. This theme of gaining meaning in our lives can be portrayed in the movie The Wizard of Oz by Victor Felming, through the quest of the protagonist, Dorothy. Dorothy’s adventure aided her development of sanity and morality by helping her appreciate her family, giving her knowledge of her place in the world, and gave her the maturity and the courage her to believe in herself.
Everything seems normal because she is freefalling down into the depths into a dark place. However, when she begins to see light her reality quickly turns into fantasy. Her mesmerizing drug is the white rabbit. Alice is confronted with many decisions in the world of the White Rabbit. Journeying within another alternative reality she makes numerous decisions without logical reasoning.
Although Disney is successful at doing that, it fails in showing the hidden aspects of the story, the aspects of the novel that need to be dug into to comprehend. This is most likely because it was aimed a younger audience, and it is more difficult to show these deeper thoughts visually on the screen. The symbolism that is used helps to create a deeper understanding of the true meaning of the story. When just watching or reading the story one may think that from the looks of it, the story about Alice falling through a rabbit-hole and finding herself in a silly and nonsense world is fairly guileless as a tale. The underlying story, the one about a girl maturing away from home in what seems to be a world ruled by chaos and nonsense, is quite a frightening one.
Recently, I was reflecting on what poor role models the older Disney films, like Snow White, Minnie Mouse, and The Little Mermaid, provide to young girls. “Always a beautiful, naive, young princess waiting for a man to wake her up, untie her from train tracks, or give her a voice” (Carlsson, 2010). Seeing the trailer for Disney’s latest animated adventure, Tangled, I was filled with hope. Could this finally be the breakthrough fairy tale that gave Disney women their independence? Was Disney finally going to offer a courageous, free-spirited woman who wasn't a bone-thin, pale, shell of a person waiting around for her prince?
Girl: (murmurs) big ugly frog... OH! (Distraught voice) I lost my golden ball Boy Frog: don’t cry if you promise to be my friend let me eat from your plate and sleep in your bed, then I will fetch your ball Girl: (with a reassuring hope) YES! I Promise (frog goes down to get her ball) Boy frog: here you go princess (girl jumps for joy) Girl: yeah yeah (away she walks and forgets the promise she made) Boy frog: WAIIITTTTTT!!! You can’t leave me Narrator: later that day the princess sat down to eat dinner and heard a knock at the door. She went to open it Girl: AAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!
Fairy Tale Stereotypes in Anne Sexton’s “Cinderella”: Raggedly Ever After Anne Sexton’s parody on the age-old fairy tale “Cinderella” provides insight into the stereotypical characteristics that are ingrained into the minds of millions of children, characteristics that govern the perception and definition of both men and women. These fairy tales distort the way in which young children view the world, encouraging them to fit their lives into these storybook candy coatings. Girls make every painstaking effort to become either the dainty princesses longing for when their chivalrous princes will come or the obedient maids taking care of the household because these are the heroines’ roles just prior to reaching eternal happiness. In contrast, boys strive to become the “knights in shiny armor” who undertake a daunting quest to save the kingdom or the heroic gentlemen destined to be the kings of vast and wealthy realms. Sexton targets this concept of inequality--especially in the enormous gulf between female and male roles--to illustrate how fairy tales are far from “happily ever after.” In the introductory section of “Cinderella,” Sexton derisively conveys formulaic examples of “once upon a time” fairy-tale success stories.
“The prince took her hand and danced with no other the whole day”. The dove seems to do good things… but only to Cinderella. To her spiteful stepsisters, “the white dove pecked their eyes out; two hollow spots were left like soup spoons.” They were also caught by the dove, cheating, cutting off their feet parts in order to fit the golden slippers. “The prince rode away until the white dove told him to look at the blood pouring forth.” Then the “other sister cut off her heel, but blood told as blood will.” The dove has given Cinderella another chance to be with the prince. The dove blessed Cinderella with the ‘happily ever after’ ending.
What Is Magic in Cinderella? As to the meaning of magic in Cinderella, there always remain lots of arguments among readers. For instance, Bruno Bettelhem tries to convince people that the magic is a metaphor for psychological development, while Jack Zips then criticizes that the psychoanalytic theory that Bettelheim uses to demonstrate his argument is to some extend a gimmick. Max Luthi implies in his The Isolated Hero that magic serves as an important power that helpers have, helping fairytale heroes who are neither characteristic nor owning any specific skills performing their tasks. Madonna Kolbenschlag considers the magic in Cinderella as a symbol of faith and trust that heroine needs, “the belief that something good can be gained from whatever one does.” Jane Yolen suggests that the true magic refer to “the ability to change our own lives, the ability to control our own lives.” However, in my opinion, magic in Cinderella is first of all an outcome of real lives, and then a kind of reflection of people’s old religious beliefs.