Portrayal Of Women : A Closer Look At Sleeping Beauty

1527 WordsJan 10, 20157 Pages
PORTRAYAL OF WOMEN IN TRADITIONAL FAIRYTALES: A CLOSER LOOK AT “SLEEPING BEAUTY” Childhood stories especially fairytales have an effect on the young readers/listeners’ social relations. The heroines and heroes depicted in these tales influence the young readers and listeners’ views, behaviors, and actions. They have a major influence on the growth of their gender identity. For example, young males often imitate the heroes by playing games that involve slaying dragons/monsters, young females fantasize about the charming prince who will save, and marry them. Children were encouraged to adapt the moral values embedded in these tales. However, in modern societies some of those morals are in contention or argued over, because they are considered to be corrosive. Traditional fairytales portray a noticeably narrow view of the feminine role because women are portrayed as helpless beings. The heroine is supposed to show patience and passiveness until the right suitor comes along and rescue her. The heroines and heroes in these tales inspire and act as role models for the young ones. Should we allow children to grow up thinking that women are weak and helpless “damsels in distress” who cannot succeed without the intervention of men? Young girls grow up expecting charming princes or fairies to rescue them and resolve their problems. Most fairy tales like sleeping beauty, Cinderella, Snowhite and so forth portray women as both bad and good characters. Evil stepmothers, witches and
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