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Lazaurs Essay

  • Submitted by: katie_larson08
  • on December 1, 2008
  • Category: English
  • Length: 497 words

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In Margaret Lazarus’ article, titled “All’s Not Well in Land of ‘The Lion King’”,   she states that Disney is giving children hidden messages through their movies.   I disagree with this theory, because I believe that children do not read that far into the cartoons.  
There are many Disney movies in which there are stereotypes, although I do not believe children are aware of or are affected by them.   Many Disney movies, such as Mulan, Cinderella, and Snow White, take place in a time where these stereotypes were accepted in society.   Contrary to what Lazarus states, I do not believe that children who watch Disney’s “The Lion King”   would make the connections between the characters and today’s society that she makes.   For example, most children would not relate the “golden-maned” lion with goodness to white people, or the elephant graveyard with the “ghetto”. I believe children see simply characters in an animated movie. As a child, I saw almost every Disney movie made and never did I turn to my parents and ask why girls were not allowed to fight in Mulan, or why Snow White had to cook and clean for the men.   While I do agree that there are many stereotypes in movies, not only Disney’s, I do not agree with the theory that children apply what they subconsciously learn to life in their later years.   Disney’s movies are not created to raise children, parents are the ones responsible for instilling morals and values in their children.   If parents do not teach their children right from wrong, they are more likely to treat others poorly. I do not believe that simply seeing a Disney movie about animals would cause a child to grow up discriminating against others.   While there are stereotypes in the movies, there is also truth. Lazarus says, “This is not a story about animals--we know animals don’t behave like this,” about “The Lion King”.   In fact, animals do act like this.   In the hierarchy of a pride of lions, there is only one dominant male lion. It is also true that...

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  • Submitted by: katie_larson08
  • on December 1, 2008
  • Category: English
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