Growing up, I thought my mother looked just like Cinderella and had the same pretty voice. I was excited to watch this movie again, with my daughter, because I thought it would bring me back to my childhood. I must admit that while watching it for absolutely different reasons, and taking notes, it was hard to enjoy it as much. Without immediately referring to the sheer passivity of the heroine, Cinderella, I’ve found that this story not only gender-stereotypes, but sets societal norms right out there on the table for you, and agrees and supports every one of them. Cinderella is not the role model I want for my daughter.
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.
For example the “evil” stepmother, Margarethe’s actions performs are inherently evil, and rude towards her stepdaughter, but because she is a widow struggling to ensure that she and her two daughters survive. This novel challenges the fairy tale idea that the most physically appealing character has the most interesting personality and has the most interesting story to tell. Clara is kept hidden in her home first by her mother and later by herself. As a child, she was kidnapped and held for some reasons, but she believed she was captured by water-spirits and turned into a changeling. After her mother dies,
Her step-sisters have great desire to attain Prince Charming's heart. When Cinderella first sees the handsome Prince there is an instant connection, crushing her step-sister’s dreams and ensuring her success. Cinderella defies her step-family and achieves victory by marrying the prince, ultimately getting her revenge. Kravtchenko, 2 Kravtchenko, 2 Fate is on the side of the proletariat, thus promoting interest of the working class. Cinderella is circumscribed by her family and forced to clean, fortunately the
Lenahan 1 Crystal Lenahan Professor Kirkpatrick English 101 18 October 2012 Queen Bee and the Wannabes What makes a Queen Bee, the queen? Easy, without the wannabe the queen bee wouldn’t be royalty. The Queen Bee is a mixture of charisma, force, money, looks, strong will and manipulation. She can silence other girls and boys with a look, and her popularity is based on fear and control. Unfortunately, the wannabe aims to please the Queen Bee, doing anything to get in her good grace.
• ‘You aint ruined’ – sense that she is envious that the other farm girl can be no naive (could remind herself of her). Now she is seen as a second class citizen and cannot marry or have a family because she is married • ‘You blue and bleak face could’ - unhealthy because she is unhappy because she has no life or status DIDNT TAKE WHAT THEY WERE DOING SERIOUSLY • Although the reader is like to feel sorry for the poet, ‘we played’ tells us that she saw her loves as a game. Could suggest that she liked all the attention. • She saw them as toys too, ‘my hurdy gurdy monkey men’ • Now she realises what she has done wrong and is has set in she still shows now sign of sorrow, ‘o you didn’t know I’d been ruined’ the breezy tone is heavily ironic. • ‘You aint ruined’ – suggesting she was like her and wanted all these clothes and privileges
SNow White, having to hide out in the forest from the hunstman and queen, Cinderella with the evil stepsisters and stepmother forcing her to do various sorts of chores and deamening tasks, Rapunzel living in a secluded tower all alone and the Millers daughter who lived a poor life. They all were almost nothing, but there they also all had something. Beauty, kindness and determination. Snow White upon finding the seven dwarves was kind enough to help them set their lives more orderly when they gave her a place to stay, Cinderella
Andre Guy Mr.Zumer-W131 16 March 2015 Comparative Critique Paper Comparative Critique of Personal is Political: A Feminist Defense of Cinderella and Cinderella and Princess Culture Shoshanna R. Schechter is also a strong feminist who in turn doesn’t believe the princess culture is bad for girls but is a stage that they go through. Peggy Orenstein is a feminist who believes little girls that believe in the princess culture and enjoy dressing up and pretending to be princesses are falling into gender stereotypes at a very young age. Orenstein, in her article seems to go through a journey, in which, she comes to this conclusion. Both Schechter and Orenstein are well known feminist who share almost exact opposite views on the princess culture idea and how it affects young women and children. Although Schechter and Orenstein seem to share these similar feministic views on princess culture, it may seem to be that Schechter carries a more liberal, open minded view on princess culture and Orenstein has a more radical closed minded view on princess culture.
Oochigeaskw succeeded in marrying the “invisible boy”. She wasn’t thinking about her outer beauty. The fact she saw her inner beauty in herself she also made her see the beauty in the boy. On the other hand, Oochigeaskw two sisters failed to succeed because of their ignorance. They both thought that appearances were far more important.
People look for the wrong things in a relationship such as money, car and good looks. He addresses that many individuals see their lives as fairy tales, which is an impractical way to perceive love, Lipshutsz uses the movie Sleeping Beauty as an example; the significance of this instance is that females believe that they need a prince to rescue them to be a princess, if we contrast this to males, it gives them the idea that they need to be rich, handsome and be a savior/hero for the girls out there. However the other perception in Sleeping Beauty considered is the fact that her hundred-year sleep gave her time to self reflect and mentally grow as a person. When she awoke she found her “prince” because she was ready and knew what she wanted in many aspects. This relates to the truth that people in today’s society are to quick in committing to others without second thought.