Literature Review - Representation of Women in Walt Disney Cartoon Characters.

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Literature Review Study of representation of women in Walt Disney Cartoon Characters.

Title: Study of representation of women in Walt Disney Cartoon Characters.

Introduction: As long as there have been civilizations, there have been stories, myths that are told to children. These stories are usually the basis of the cartoons characters except some which are from creator’s imagination. This story telling is a means of not only comforting and amusing a child, but of teaching the child the societal norms of their nation. These are memorized by children and remembered forever. Children idolize their favourite character, the character they have most in common with and are best able to identify with, and try to emulate that character’s
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9) Why Disney has changed certain things from the original fairytales? 10) Is there any change in the characterization of the cartoons ? 11) What about the Villains in Disney- Why all evil women have special powers in their aid whereas males simply use violence? Is Disney sexist? 12) Also why are most of the princes do absolutely nothing but to chase the princess?

It will also help me predict a little about Disney’s characterization of upcoming cartoons characters.

Background: The history of Walt Disney, and the Disney Corporation, is one shrouded in admiration and accolades for the accomplishment of the American dream. Walt Disney himself is an icon for the American work ethic, i.e., hard work pays off. He is seen as a Horatio Alger, "rags to riches," success story. Beginning his work in animation in the 1920s, Walt Disney gained fame worldwide for his films and theme parks. But Walt Disney created more than films and theme parks. By infusing them with an ideological stance glorifying "the American way of life," his brand of democracy and conservatism, he created a cultural institution. The moralistic stance of his enterprise became common knowledge and it is said that his 1933 version of Three Little Pigs was the last of his cartoons in which the film’s moral messages were open to interpretation [3]
By 1941 it was estimated that one in three

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