Cinderella Analysis

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In a number of Disney fairy tale films, an ornate storybook comes to life, setting this retelling of a time-old favourite rolling. A wealthy widower has a daughter named Cinderella.
In a far away, long ago kingdom, Cinderella is living happily with her mother and father until her mother dies. Cinderella's father remarries a cold, cruel woman who has two daughters, Drizella and Anastasia. When the father dies, Cinderella's wicked stepmother turns her into a virtual servant in her own house. Meanwhile, across town in the castle, the King determines that his son the Prince should find a suitable bride and provide him with a required number of grandchildren. Therefore, the King invites every eligible maiden in the kingdom to a fancy dress ball, where his son will be able to choose his bride. Cinderella has no suitable party dress for a ball, but her friends the mice, led by Jaques and Gus, and the birds lend a hand in making her one, a dress the evil stepsisters immediately tear apart on the evening of the ball. At this point, enter the Fairy Godmother, the pumpkin carriage, the royal ball, the stroke of midnight, the glass slipper, and the rest, as they say, is fairy tale history.
ANTHROPOLOGY:
The gender role theory explains gender differences against the expectations formed by society for different behaviors in social situations, therefore viewing gender as the product of socialization. Gender role theory leaves room for change in gender relation, provided that the social structures and conventions which construct gender roles change.
Society thinks that success and happiness in a person's life is dependent on whether or not they perform the duties of their gender properly. In the case of women, they are expected to be nurturing, quiet, delicate soft- spoken, clean and do house work. These views are changing now, as women are working more than before, and proving that they can excel in areas that society does not think they can. In the case of Cinderella the story takes place in a time and culture when she is expected to cook, clean, sew, wash as well as all the other household chores, while looking pretty, being soft- spoken, delicate and kind. In this story, Cinderella is performing her expected gender role perfectly. She is the exact image of what a woman was expected to be during those times in that society. She is the "ideal" woman although performing her gender role led to a very miserable life to her because she has no independence. The fairy godmother should have sent her to University, not to the ball. The fairy godmother should have tried to make her a strong and independent woman rather then bring in a prince to save her. In most romance stories, the heroine is going through trouble, and the...

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