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Gender Stereotypes and Traditional Gender Roles in Fairy Tales

Gender stereotypes and traditional gender roles in fairy tales surrounding the Brothers Grimm. Analyzing Rapunzel.
by Alexandra Wooch on 8 January 2013

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Gender Stereotypes and Traditional Gender Roles in Fairy Tales Rapunzel The Brothers Grimm Target audience -
Children
Adults http://gatheringbooks.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/rapunzel.jpg Thesis Statement Gender stereotypes are existent in Rapunzel, especially with woman always needing to be "rescued". http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b5/Johnny_Gruelle_illustration_-_Rapunzel_-_Project_Gutenberg_etext_11027.jpg/220px-Johnny_Gruelle_illustration_-_Rapunzel_-_Project_Gutenberg_etext_11027.jpg http://www.theweeweb.co.uk/images/allbooks/02_rapunzel_sm-theweeweb.jpg http://lowres-picturecabinet.com.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/65/main/2/214869.jpg http://images5.fanpop.com/image/photos/31300000/Rapunzel-s-Family-classic-fairy-tales-storys-31378133-1178-1498.jpg Character analysis - Symbols http://rlv.zcache.com/rapunzel_fairy_tale_canvas_print-r4cda71b671974bd68fafb1246606f6f1_25k1f_400.jpg THE TOWER http://cdn.c.photoshelter.com/img-get/I0000tU64Eda1FYI/s/880/880/Fairytale-Wood.jpg THE WOODS http://gatheringbooks.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/rapunzel.jpg NO STAIRS OR DOORS http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_F4NEgQFnxbA/TSfek6CTQ1I/AAAAAAAAJOc/31Pvp-F94zE/s640/rapunzel+tower.jpg NO WINDOW = Keeping the innocence in young females Characterization & Archetypes Rapunzel Ego type: The Innocent
Core desire: to be free
Greatest fear: to be punished for doing something bad or wrong
Strategy: to do things right
Looks: Beautiful

The Innocent is also known as: Utopian, traditionalist, naive, mystic, saint, romantic, dreamer. The Prince Ego type:The Hero
Core desire: to prove one's worth through courageous acts
Greatest fear: weakness, vulnerability, being a "chicken"
Strategy: to be as strong and competent as possible
Looks: Handsome and strong

The Hero is also known as: The warrior, crusader, rescuer, superhero, the soldier, dragon slayer, the winner and the team player. The Witch/Enchantress Ego type: Evil
Core desire: being selfish and unfair
Greatest fear: to be defeated
Strategy: to use unfair tactics to have her way
Looks: Unattractive By Alexandra Degen Male Roles - young and handsome
- spontaneous
- from a royal family
- enchanted by the singing of Rapunzel
(and looks) therefore tries to take possession of her. Female Roles Physical looks -
- "The most beautiful child under the sun"
- magnificent long hair
-beautiful bird
Character and talents -
- Charming
- "The singing had so deeply touched his heart" http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m82k7gVeLD1rzc3pro1_400.jpg Spun gold hair

Plaits http://www.artsycraftsy.com/preraphaelite/cowper_rapunzel_.jpg Modern Day Comparison Disney's TANGLED http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tangled_poster.jpg The feminist characters have more self-will and power compared to the original Rapunzel. Conclusion Thesis statement:
Gender stereotypes are existent in Rapunzel in both female and male roles. Are the messages and gender roles still relevant in today's society? Singing Summary of Rapunzel
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