A Deep Analysis of Disney Movies

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Ashley Weiss 01/23/10 Period 2 H. English 11 Does a Disney Princess Really Have the Perfect Life?
As all old tales used to be told “Once upon a time…” was a very popular starting phrase. This one single phrase came to be well known in Disney films, made by the infamous Walt Disney himself. There were many other things that came to be known from Disney movies; however some of them may not be the most positive ideas. These thoughts take a lot of deep thinking and analyzing and can be very controversial as well as argued upon. The main idea I bring forth today is the feminist view of most Disney movies, if not all of them. When looked closely upon, it is shown in Disney moves that all women need some type of man or “prince” in their life and cannot be left on their own. As well as needing a guardian, most women are well known for their housekeeping capabilities and make perfect “housewives”. Let us dig deeper into this aspect and see what there is to find, that may have never been intended to be found.

In the beginning the very first feature length animated film to be made was created by Walt Disney and called “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”. At first view, it seems to be a pleasant picture of a woman who enjoys singing and is simply waiting for her prince. Snow White is young, beautiful, pure (possibly hence the name “Snow White”), kind natured and simply obedient. She does not mind doing the housework and she truly believes that one day a handsome prince will come to her rescue of her evil stepmother and they will run away to a “happily ever after.” However, why is it, that in order to have a happily ever after, there must be a prince involved. Is it so difficult for Snow White to simply decide to make her own life and move away from her wicked stepmother on her own? She does seem to be at the age where she can be held responsible for herself. But it is shown in this movie that she cannot live a happy life without a prince. When Snow White’s stepmother attempts to kill her, Snow White runs away into the forest and becomes frightened and falls to the floor and begins to cry. She seems to show no strength for herself or bravery. As she finally picks herself up and moves on, she travels through the forest searching for a safe area. Ultimately, Snow White stumbles upon a small cottage in the middle of the woods and takes residence in there. When she lets herself in, the house is filthy and she decides to clean. This would be the simple “housewife” aspect of the princess. It is not her house and she by no means is asked or forced to clean the house, but she chooses too, as if it is her job. When the dwarves come back they welcome her to live with them and she takes care of them and becomes somewhat of a mother figure to them. The stepmom was Snow White’s only known enemy. Another noticeable aspect of all Disney movies is there is always a villain or villainess and occasionally the villainess happens to be the stepmother of the main character, such as in Cinderella as well. Now, in Snow White, the evil stepmother poisons Snow White with an apple and she falls into a deep sleep, where she will not be awaken until kissed by a handsome prince. Soon, the prince comes to the rescue and sweeps Snow White off of her feet and they ride away into the sunset to live their “happily ever after”. There were videos after Snow White that had given the same perspective. For examples: Cinderella and/or Sleeping Beauty. Cinderella lived in a mansion, though was treated as a slave by her wicked stepmother, quite similar to Snow White’s situation. Soon Cinderella was given a Fairy Godmother that granted her wish to go to the ball. Cinderella then met and fell in love with the prince. When the prince came to realize who she was, he soon fell in love with her too and they also lived their “happily ever after”. Sleeping Beauty begins to have the same plot line. Sleeping Beauty, formally known as Aurora or rose, was a...
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