Analysis / The Disney Cinderella as a modern feminist tale
Disney Cinderella movies are the favorite tale of children all over the world. However, studying the history of these films, it is possible to notice the changes between their gender stereotypes. Each subsequent film depicts an increasingly feminist history of poor Cinderella, who despite everything, continues to believe in a miracle.
Charles Perrault's Cinderella was created to represent the post-war America a good poor girl, who with the help of her faith became a rich and happy princess. Unlike all the previous versions of Cinderella, in 2015 the happiness of the contemporary wretched girl depends not only on the prince and married life. "New" Cinderella is not the victim. She realizes that her fate is in her hands only. This is evident not only in terms of her character, but in the fact that when she meets the prince in the forest, she saves him as well as he saves her. After this meeting, Cinderella does not leave her fate in the hands of the charming prince, but takes everything in her hands and does everything probable steps to visit the ball and to see him again (Le Vine).
Before her death, the mother ordered Cinderella to remain the same kind and courageous, and she followed this principle all her life. Many people believe that they are anti-feminist, because, considering the stereotypes, all the women have to be weak and defenseless. Modern Cinderella, by contrast, appears very brave and independent young lady. Moreover, in the movie 2015, Cinderella is so great and remarkable woman that she requires the same groom. That is why her lover is depicted not only as a prince, but also as a faithful friend and a soldier (Le Vine).
Le Vine, Lauren. "Disney's New "Cinderella" Isn't A Perfect Feminist Fairy Tale, But It's A Start". Refinery29. N.p., 2015. Web. 28 Jan. 2016. http://www.refinery29.com/2015/03/83584/cinderella-feminist-fairy-tale-review