Princesses In Fairy Tales Essay

1023 words - 4 pages

“Beauty and Splendor”: The Ascribed Role of Princesses in Fairy Tales
     Fairy tales have long been known as stories told to entertain children. Throughout the years, these stories have been passed along from one generation to the next as a method of teaching historical and moral lessons. However, we often do not give adequate attention to the stereotypes created with the common motifs in these tales. More often than not, fairy tales are based upon royalty and young women in fairy tales are obligated to become the ascribed role of princess. It is known that because of precedence,princesses must be adored and this is simply because of their outstanding appearance. By examining the fairy tales of “Sleeping Beauty in the Wood”, Perrault’s version of “Cinderella”, and “Pretty Goldilocks”, it will be evident that the stories revolve around one-dimensional, narcissistic individuals, otherwise known as Princesses.In “Sleeping Beauty in the Wood” the princess is first introduced as a child who
“had all the perfections imaginable”. (Perrault, Sleeping 66) As well, after fairies had been summoned to serve her, each one gave her a gift: to be the most beautiful person in the world, have the wit of an angel, as well as wonderful grace in everything that she did. The author creates the portrait of a shallow character which has been blessed with cursory traits. It is important to note that the princess was not born with such characterisitcs, but
the fairies, looking out for her best interest and serving her, use their supernatural powers so that she might possess these apparently essential qualities. The complete story depends on and focuses around Sleeping Beauty’s appearance. Although she has had misfortune and been pricked by a spindle and doomed to sleep for one hundred years, it is said that “her swooning had not dimmed her complexion: her cheeks were carnation and her lips were coral.” (Perrault, Sleeping 68) Again, the story is carried on the fact that the princess must live up to the expectations of being beautiful. The author feels it is important to let the reader know the status of her looks to ensure that she is till looking her best despite being under a spell. As the story progresses, the princess is subjected to mistreatment by the wicked Queen-Mother, yet in the end the beautiful looking princess prevails while the
ugly Queen-Mother is defeated. It is suggested that the unfortunate looking
Queen-Mother gets what she deserves by committing suicide and throwing herself into the cauldron of vipers and serpents. It is assumed that Sleeping Beauty’s demeanor helped her to survive only to receive her King. The princess’ husband is only upset for a moment before being comforted by: “his beautiful wife and children” who soon made him happy again. (Perrault, Sleeping 77) Again, beauty can overcome everything whether it is misfortune or grief.
     Another example of the role of princesses and the...

Find Another Essay On Princesses In Fairy Tales

Comparative Analysis of Transformation Motifs in Fairy Tales

2813 words - 11 pages Unlike most fairy tales, "Beauty and the Beast" has been a traditional tale where there are two paths to be developed in which Beauty faces challenges and the transformation that is sustained by Beast. Therefore, this shows how two opposing allegorical characters resolve their differences in joining wedlock. The version of "Beauty of the Beast" by Madame de Beaumont shows how Beauty's happiness is found on her abstract quality of good features

Fairy Tales and Defying Logic in Lewis Carroll’s "Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland"

1743 words - 7 pages What characterizes a children's story as a fairytale? Is it the knights in shining armor, the happy ending, or the assumed innocence of the characters and the audience? Authors have long used these factors to reach acclaimed notoriety in the children’s writing world. But when it comes to Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, these characteristics are non-existent. He reveals to us that a fairy tales can defy logic and expectations. The

Worth of Fairy Tales in Jeanette Winterson's "the Passion"

2187 words - 9 pages When saying that there are certain folk or fairy tales about herself, Jeanette Winterson could not be more right, because there are indeed several myths surrounding her person. For many people Winterson's sexuality is the golden key to her public persona. Although she correctly states that `[she is] a writer who happens to like women, [and] not a lesbian who happens to write' most critics are only too willing to interpret her writing in an

The Use of Fairy Tales in Sanders-Brahms' Film Germany Pale Mother

1478 words - 6 pages The Use of Fairy Tales in Sanders-Brahms' Film Germany Pale Mother Perhaps one of the most haunting and compelling parts of Sanders-Brahms’ film Germany Pale Mother (1979) is the nearly twenty minute long telling of The Robber Bridegroom. The structual purpose of the sequence is a bridge between the marriage of Lene and Hans, who battles at the war’s front, and the decline of the marriage during the post-war period. Symbolically the fairy

Fairy Tales by Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm

1769 words - 7 pages and let you fantasize about princesses and magical beings. Fairy tales involve mysterious pranks and adventures of magical beings that manifest themselves in the form of human beings (Holman 197). The origins of fairy tales in literature started in 16th century Italy and didn’t make their way to England until the 1700’s. Most tales were originally for adults (Bottigheimer, par.11). In the 18th century, fairy tales in England changed from only

Fairy tales

1118 words - 4 pages prestigious newspapers and magazines, extremely upholds the male domination of fairy stories. She adds, "The message is clear. Boys are the norm, girls are the variation; boys are central, girls peripheral; boys are individuals, girls types" (Pollitt).Moreover, girls are not portrayed correctly in fairy tales. Most of them depict girls as weak, helpless, fragile, and sensitive humans. Girls also play the role of those princesses that are pretty

The Significance and Development of Fairy Tales

1008 words - 4 pages ‘Once upon a time...’ a staple of the fairy tale. They take place in the next kingdom over (usually one comparable to Europe) and in the past, normally when there was still a monarchy and the majority of citizens were peasants, perhaps because it was in this age when folk stories really began to grow in popularity. It’s obvious why these stories were so common in the 17th century - tales of princes and princesses, life and morals, good defeating

Salon Tales

1110 words - 4 pages Contrary to popular literary studies, French fairy tales may not accurately depict the lives of 17th century peasantry. In Dorothy Thelander’s “Mother Goose and Her Goslings,” she argues that these stories are actually a mixture of “folk literature and high literature” (Thelander 35). Better suited to the name “Salon tales” (Thelander 34), these stories have both peasant and bourgeois elements and are more representative of the environment in

Gender roles in Cinderella

1611 words - 6 pages Throughout history, fairy tales have captivated the hearts and minds of fans and critics alike. While fans applaud the underlying morals of fairy tales, critics point out the negative effects these tales have in the socialization of children. Modern adaptations of fairy tales, as well as original versions, all place negative gender expectations on women. Providing cultural and socio-historical information, fairy tales have helped to perpetuate

Princess Culture in Disney Movies

1723 words - 7 pages will come into their life and make everything complete is dilusional and only leads to disappointment. What we need are princesses who don’t spend the whole story or film in search of a savior in the form of a prince. In the end of all these folk-tales, fairy tales, and films, Cinderella gets married and it’s all over. This influences girls to believe that marriage is the ultimate goal in life—that being a wife should be their biggest

the importance of appearance

2316 words - 10 pages Appearance is always the fundamental theme of fairy tales, especially in “Donkeyskin”, “Catskin”, and “The Princess in the Suit of Leather”. The appearances of the girls caused many of the actions made by the other characters. For example, the princesses’ unmatchable beauty made their fathers or an old man to desire to marry them. But appearance is not just about the beauty of the people; it is, also, about the social appearances. It seems that

Similar Essays

Gender Stereotypes In Fairy Tales Essay

1644 words - 7 pages real life. Women in these fairy tales are young and beautiful. In all reality not every girl in this world is truly considered beautiful by our society’s terms. In today’s society the term beautiful is often used to describe a women who is a size 0, tall, flawless skin, and dressed nicely. Haven’t you ever seen princesses that are in all these fairy tales, our society’s description of beautiful describes every single one of these princesses

The Display Of Culture In Fairy Tales

1462 words - 6 pages Fairy tales are children’s first introduction to different cultures of the world. A click of heels or sprinkling of magic dust can transport children into the jungles of Africa or the countryside of England. Amongst the magical wands, princesses and frogs are the beliefs and customs of the tales’ origin. This is evident in two variations of the fairy tale “The Three Little Pigs”. For example, Andrew Lang’s English version “The Three Little

Theories Of Psychology In Fairy Tales

2182 words - 9 pages Theories of Psychology in Fairy Tales Many parents read fairy tales to their children. Young people are able to use their imaginations while listening to these fantastical stories. Filled with dragons, witches, damsels in distress, and heroes, these tales stay in the mind children for years to come. However, these young listeners are getting much more than a happy ending. Fairy tales such as "The Goose Girl", "The Three Little Pigs

Significance Of The Number 3 In Fairy Tales

2577 words - 10 pages Significance of the Number 3 in Fairy Tales Numbers do not exist. They are creations of the mind, existing only in the realm of understanding. No one has ever touched a number, nor would it be possible to do so. You may sketch a symbol on a paper that represents a number, but that symbol is not the number itself. A number is just understood. Nevertheless, numbers hold symbolic meaning. Have you ever asked yourself serious questions