Perspective of things starts to change as you grow up and see the reality of life. I chose these two movies to compare and contrast them because my favorite Disney movie as a little girl was Cinderella. In my essay, I’ll be comparing the differences, similarities, and outcome of the movies. To begin with, both movies are versions of the beloved tale, while at the same time follow the same plot; both are based on the original Disney Cinderella movie made in 1950. The two movies have a lot of similarities which are: the two girls are really sweet and obedient live with the fathers after their mothers passed away, where they live happily until the fathers decide to remarry with a wicked step mother who had to daughter of her own.
Lieberman’s point is that fairy tales make beauty the basis for which reward is given, not intelligence, work ethic, or anything else a radical feminist would see as an asset. Lieberman also stresses that in popular fairy tales, beauty is associated with being kind and well-tempered whereas ugliness is associated with being ill-tempered and often jealous. This can be easily shown in one of the most popular fairy tales of all—Cinderella. In this, Lieberman argues, Cinderella is oppressed by her cruel, ugly stepsisters and stepmother who force the kind, beautiful girl to do all the chores in the house. Cinderella ends up getting the prize (marriage to the prince) based on looks alone.
In this story Panttaja says it is both mothers that are wicked. Panttaja states the real mother “plots and schemes, and she wins” (Panttaja 660) when it comes to fulfilling the wishes of Ashputtle. But actually the two mothers have the same goal in mind; to have their daughters married off and have a joyful life. To be able to do this, the real mother puts a charm on the prince to make him fall in love with Ashputtle instead of anyone else. The prince did not dance with anyone else all night and would always say “she is my partner” (Grimm 630).
2008 AP LIT FREE RESPONSE: Section II, Question One In both poems “When I Have Fears” by John Keats, and “Mezzo Cammin” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, both narrators expose their unfulfilled aspirations with the underlying fear that death will soon approach. Keats explains how his career as a famous, credited author has not yet been fulfilled, and fears that he will not live long enough to do so. Conversely, Longfellow looks back on his past slightly disappointed, but assured that he has the latter half of his life to accomplish his objectives and goals. Longfellow is dismal and terrified of death, while Keats comes to realize that his dreams are infinitesimal in the grand scheme of things, and any life lived is a gift that will eventually succumb to death. Keats’ poem is one extensive run-on sentence that truly “runs” across the page.
When children are growing up, little girls dream of being just like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, or other princesses from their favorite Disney movie. On the other hand, boys fantasize of being Buzz Lightyear or even the mythological Hercules because of his many heroic traits. Little do they know, there is an entirely different story to Hercules outside of Disney. For instance, Edith Hamilton’s 1964 novel Mythology shows a different side to the story displayed in the Disney film. Due to the time gap, it is plain to see that many aspects in the myth of Hercules may be changed, while some tales remain the same.
In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby the characters do the same. They look for the special someone or in the case of Jay Gatsby try to get back the girl that got away. However love in the Great Gatsby proves to only be the result of denial and self-deception. “The officer looked at Daisy while she was speaking, in a way that every young girl wants to be looked at some time.” This was one of the last moments Jay Gatsby shared with Daisy before his departure to war. He left here while they were in love with each other and expected everything to stay the same until they met again.
In the poem “Medusa” gender conflict through control is also illustrated when she says: “a suspicion, a doubt, a jealousy”. This depicts that she feels ownership over her husband and wants him to “be terrified” if he does not obey her commands. However, in “Les Grands Seigneurs” the narrator conveys that after she was “wedded, bedded … a toy, a plaything … wife” she is nostalgic for the first three stanzas to how men were towards her before she was married as she is now powerless. We can depict that there was less gender conflict before she was married. Moreover, in “Medusa” powerlessness is also portrayed when she rhetorically questions herself “Wasn’t I beautiful?
A few years ago there were movies such as his examples “Charlie's Angels, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and the Powder Puff girls” Where women were very fierce and self defendant. Women could “kick-butt”, and we watched these movies where the women were portrayed as the hero’s. Before that, the fairy tales were pretty much the “back-in-the day” old fashioned versions where the princess was an innocent being who got rescued and swept off her feet by her prince charming. The author explains that drastic change that has occurred, and if you think about it, that is pretty drastic, going from a helpless innocent girl who gets rescued from her dull or evil life by her prince charming. Then it altered to where the “princess” was then a hard core very strong and good fighter who could easily defend herself.
In the beginning, when Achilles is the hero, there is a very angry and harsh, almost scary, tone when reading the poem. Now, with words like soft, pity, touched, and gently, the whole mood has changed to this sad, lonely and sort of soft feeling. The last thing I noticed about words having similar meaning is the words: together, one, universal, and they. These selected lines from the poem are the two completely different men coming together and mourning, surely out of understanding of what the other is feeling. These words throughout this passage just solidify that even
Gender roles went through dramatic changes in the 20th century, especially towards the end. Vicki Ruiz illustrates a good example with her book, “From out of the Shadows” where she shares this poem “Rise Up! To Woman Rise up! Rise up to life, to activity, to the beauty of truly living; but rise up radiant and powerful, beautiful with qualities, splendid with virtues, strong with energies.” (99) When reviewing history, accounts men are dominant. When women are represented, they are depicted as passive, naïve, or “feminine,” but in all reality, the only women who experienced this femininity were of the property owning class which meant work was a necessity, not an option for working class women.