Fairy-tale Practice Essay
Which characters confirm/challenge stereotypical fairy-tale roles?
Film- “Ever after – A Cinderella Story, Directed by Andy Tennant
Characters- Danielle (Cinderella), Prince Henry (Prince Charming) and Marguerite (“Ugly” Stepsister)
* Danielle: Dainty, beautiful, happy, waiting to be rescued
* Prince Henry: Charming, strong, brave, wanting to take the crown, rich
* Marguerite: ugly, cruel, rich
The Film, Ever After- A Cinderella Story, directed by Andy Tennant, suggests that this is just one version of the iconic tale. Contemporary audiences experience a subverted version of events by “twisting” the physical and personality traits of key characters, modern audiences can relate to and fain a finer appreciation of the messages imparted of this fractured tale. Audiences expect the key character of Danielle, Prince Henry and marguerite to adhere to their conventional stereotypes; however, Tennant choose to the construct them in a distorted manner, thereby challenging audience expectations.
Audiences traditionally perceive Cinderella as obedient, compliant and typically feminine. Expectations are challenged when Danielle is contracted as tomboyish, independent and with an uncharacteristic streak of rebellion. Danielle demonstrates her strength and resourcefulness when she “rescues” Prince Henry by bundling him over her shoulders and stringing him purposefully away. In a key scene, a gypsy poses the challenge, “My Lady, you can have anything you can carry.” Clearly, the gender roles have been manipulated for a modern audience’s pleasure.
Prince Henry does not characteristically display the charming qualities of a fairy-tale prince. The typical disposition of Prince Henry, when perceived by the modern audience, has a well-known stereotypical personality and physical appearance. These expectations are challenged when Prince Henry does not wish to be crowned prince and attempts to run away several times. This is...