The Conpects Of Cinderella, Cinderella And Cinderella

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Societal norms expect and uphold women to childbearing and to be nurturing. If a woman deviates from this she will be considered as ‘unprincipled.’ This is evident within the film Cinderella when the prince’s father refers to the eligible maids at the ball as ‘suitable mothers.’ The Duke exclaims “Sir!” And the king utterly replies “I meant wife.” It is evident that the king’s priority in hosting this ball is not entirely about his son getting married; rather his son giving him grandchildren. Upon arrival at the ball, it is apparent how ‘beautiful’ Cinderella is— she turns the front gate guard’s heads and catches the attention of the prince while he is currently meeting her stepsisters (image #3 on page 9). The prince instantly goes up to…show more content…
However, this is defied by the film Shrek. Within the majority of fairy tales, women (specifically princesses) are portrayed as an asset. This is portrayed within the scene where Lord Farquaad, the soon to be king of Duloc, acquires the “Magic Mirror” and asks it “Who is the fairest of them all.” The mirror replies “I do not know. You are not a king yet. But you can become one. All you have to do is marry a princess.” In this case, the princess will be Farquaad’s weapon to acquire a higher societal stance: the King of Duloc. The mirror gives Farquaad three ‘bachelorettes’ to choose from: Cinderella, Snow White, and Fiona. The usage of ‘bachelorette’ rather than ‘princess’ puts an emphasis on how these females are seen as a prize and/or item that men feel entitled to. This is also evident in the manner the mirror describes Cinderella by stating “...her hobbies include cooking and cleaning” and then shows the image of her wearing rags, cleaning, and cooking all at the same time (image #4 on page 10). The mentioning of cooking and cleaning depicts what society defines as ‘women's roles.’ Cooking, cleaning, and nurturing all have been stigmatized as the ‘norm’ of the woman. And if a woman deviates from these roles she

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