Fairy Tales Analysis

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Fairy tales have been around for centuries due to their captivating nature, especially among a young audience. As parents continue to read these tales to their children, generation after generation, their popularity have not diminished. Although fairy tales continue to be pervasive and prominent within culture as time goes on, some of their themes and takeaways have become outdated. In today’s society as the socio and political environment is advancing the sexist themes and ideas depicted in fairy tales are being challenged as societal pressures evolve and both feminist tales and movements gain prominence. Unfortunately, in terms of today’s workforce, there are parallels to powerful women in high ranking jobs and evil females within fairy tales due to the stigma around dominant women and continued emphasis on beauty. In the 21st century women are gaining prominence within the workforce but are still struggling to break through into high ranking jobs. In a United States Department of Labor study conducted in 2014 it found that about 26.3% of chief executive were women while 73.3% were men (Highest). Although this number is higher than it has been in the past it is still far from the equality society should hope to achieve between men and women. A large reason for this inequality is the stigma around powerful women. Fairy tales exemplify this phenomenon through the use of evil characters and their outcomes. Many of the evil female characters are intelligent and dominant, often controlling the plot. Unfortunately, these strong characters aren’t the ones being rewarded. Instead, it is the beautiful princess that has a minimal role within the story who ends up with the happily ever after. This can be seen in the Grimm brother’s “Snow White” where the evil queen who take matters into her own hands and attempts to kill off Snow White multiple times through various, creative means. Instead of achieving her goal, though, she ends up being humiliated by having to put on red-hot iron shoes and dance in them until she dropped to the ground dead” (Snow White). This teacher young readers that the passive character is the one who gets rewarded in the end. Feminist Karen Rowe maintained that, “fairy tales prescribe

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