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What Happened to Miss Independent?

“Miss independent/Miss self-sufficient/Miss keep your distance”–words that apparently do not apply in the world of Narnia. The roles taken on by the  female characters in C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe are traditional and simply less than heroic.  The first example we see of this is the White Witch–only a power-hungry woman […]

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Many themes, One story

The Brothers Grimm usually include a lesson in their stories. Whether it’s to listen to your parents or not take things from strangers.  Their interpretation of “Hansel and Gretel” is no different. In this story the title characters are abandoned in a forest by a mean step-mother and a passive father. After finding their way […]

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“Secondary” Characters: The Driving Force

In both stories, men seem to be secondary characters, but their influence is in fact the driving force behind the stories. In the first story, it even begins describing the mother of the Snow White character (Lisa) as the Baron’s sister.  His name is the first one mentioned.  When Lisa’s mother dies, she leaves all […]

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Ding Dong the Wicked Witch is… Mom?

In his critical essay on the Brothers Grimm version of “Hansel and Gretel”, Bruno Bettelheim explains to readers that this story, like many fairy tales, is one about coming of age. Bettelheim provides a complete and thorough analysis, tracking the children’s development in the story. Through the clarity of his analysis and the evidence presented […]

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Girl’s Will Never Save Themselves, But Boy’s Can

Wicked Stepmothers have been reoccurring characters in fairy tales. In some respects, a true fairy tale cannot be complete without one. In “Snow White,” we quickly learn that the Queen, Snow White’s stepmother is jealous of the girl’s beauty and innocence. The Queen quickly devises a plan to get rid of her younger competition so […]

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Hansel in the Sky with Millstones

Snow white and the seven dwarves, Hansel, Gretel, Cinderella, and about 50% of America’s children have one thing in common, stepmothers. Unfortunately it is the fairy tales that give the word stepmothers its connotation. The Grimm brothers and other tale tellers and writers didn’t like the idea that an actual biological mother would do such […]

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Father Knows Best? The Roles of Men and Women in Grimm’s Fairy Tales

When it comes to the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales, one theme in these stories is not unfamiliar.  This is the theme of antagonistic females who cause trouble for the heroes.  In “Hansel and Gretel”, the wicked stepmother plots with her hesitant husband to abandon her children in the woods, where they meet a more visually […]

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A Women’s Portrayal in Snow White

In the Brother’s Grimm version of “Snow White” the dwarfs play an important role in the safety and security of Snow White herself.  Most fairy tales have this common trait of a male hero and female heroine who needs to be saved or rescued.  This story if no different in that manner. The male figure […]

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Brothers Grimm Show White classified as a Children’s Story

Throughout the Brothers Grimm, “Snow White”, it was obvious that the story was meant to be catered to children. However, there were a lot of aspects to the story that were definitely graphic, adult, and not appropriate for children. Examples of this included when the mother ordered the hunter to kill Snow White, and cut […]

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One traditional and stereotypical view of a woman is the “honey I’m home” wife who stays in the kitchen doing the cooking and cleaning while wearing the perfect outfit.  While this particular view is more centered around the 1950’s the basic ideas of the woman’s role has been the same for hundreds of years.  In […]

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