Conventional Gender Roles Are Embedded Into Our Stories Creating The Idea Of Life Essay

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Conventional gender roles are embedded into our stories creating the idea of “princess culture”. This “princess culture” creates the idea that girls have to become both Cinderella and Supergirl. This concept also brings “happily ever after” into the mix, creating the masculine prince who saves the princess or is arm candy at the end of the fairytale. While this format is much beloved by many including myself, there are many lesser known fairy tales which make important breaks in these gender norms. By looking under the surface one sees that The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Marianna Mayer breaks the “princess culture” gender roles, having strong women defying the rules as well as the “prince” undermining the classic notion of a hero in the princess narrative. The 12 Dancing Princesses by Marianna Mayer takes place in a mysterious world where upon waking the King finds his 12 daughters’ shoes completely worn through. A young gardener is able to solve the mystery by tricking the princesses into thinking that he is asleep while secretly following them in his invisibility cloak. The gardener discovers that the young princesses secretly go off to a beautiful ball every night and dance the night away. He steals three golden branches and a golden cup as proof of the beautiful night that he witnessed. The youngest daughter finds out Peter has discovered their secret when he puts one of the branches in her bouquet. When Peter finally explains to the King what has happened, he

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