Essay about Damsels In Address

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Damsels in Address It is clearly evident that many fairy tales of childhood tend to shape the reader. Certain moral codes and ideals are tightly woven into the text of many fairy tales, promoting or denoting a character’s actions. In the Grimm’s fairy tales Cinderella, Brier Rose, and Rapunzel, the heroines of these tales exhibit strong behavioral codes, thus providing opportunity for the young female reader to relate to the damsel, or to model herself to behave in a similar fashion. In accordance with Marcia R. Lieberman’s essay, " ‘Some Day My Prince Will Come’: Female Acculturation Through the Fairy Tale," I agree with the assertion that positive traits in fairy tale indicate reward, while the negative…show more content…
The sisters, who enslave Cinderella to complete chores around the palace, portray strong, ill natured, and above all, jealous characters. In contrast, Cinderella represents a relatively passive, young, and beautiful woman. However, in contrast with Lieberman (389), Cinderella is not passive in completing her tasks about the house. Stating, "the system for rewards in fairy tales […] equates these three factors: being beautiful, being chosen, and getting rich," Lieberman acknowledges the relationship between beauty and eventual success (386). Beauty, however, hides within Cinderella’s actions. The words, "After leaving her slipper at the ball she has nothing more to do but stay home and wait," expressions of description, Lieberman suggests that Cinderella exhibits at the core of her emotions, meekness (389). Cinderella’s submissiveness is rewarded with the introduction of the prince and her eventual happily ever after status. Rewards only pertain to those who have struggled, and therefore prove worthy. In Brier Rose, the heroine of the tale suffers through a great sleep to be eventually rejuvenated and rewarded for her passivity by the prince. Upon her birth, the heroine receives four gifts from fairies: virtue, beauty, wealth, and the curse of a seemingly endless sleep. Three of the four gifts bring lifelong success and happiness, while the
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