The Dichotomy Of Good Vs Evil

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Mythologies create constructs by which a population 's morals and ethics are formed, they also establish standards of women’s behavior and appearance. Margaret Atwood takes these Fairy tales and through the use of metafiction critiques these constructs. She writes the stories from the women’s point of view to allow for an expansion of a character that falls outside of the normal one-dimensional depictions. Siren Song, Happy Endings, Spelling and Lusus Naturae highlight the way in which a female personality is split in mythology to demonize women, whose personality traits are not congruent with societal norms. The dichotomy of good vs evil, that is prevalent among female characters in mythologies, Atwood combats using metafiction as a…show more content…
Disney emphasizes the role of beauty in good girls and the counter, ugliness in the evil women. In The Little Mermaid Ursula drastically alters her appearance so that she would appear thinner and younger in order for Prince Eric to love her. Also in Snow White, the Evil Queen disguises herself as an old woman who compared to Snow White is hideous. Women with power are regarded as evil characters in the fairy tales, while the good girl remains powerless throughout the story. Magical powers are given to the villains, Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Ursula, ect. The Evil Queen runs her own kingdom; Maleficent is seen in her own large castle, so that only are old and ugly women seen as evil, but so are women in positions of power. There are example of women who hold power and use it for good, instead of evil; however, they are often times asexual fairies. Thus, forcing on the viewer the “concept that a correlation exists between empowered female sexuality and evil”. Atwood does not try to remove women from the roles they have been given in the original myths and fairy tales, instead she expands upon them, allowing the reader to explore and question the power and motivation of these women. Atwood by rewriting these myths and tales deconstructs the power structure that oppress women and coerces them into a polarized view of themselves. Atwood abstracts aspects of the original tales and inserts
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