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Feminist Criticism: Tangled

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Emily Korf

on 3 May 2013

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What is feminist criticism? From Purdue OWL Feminist criticism is concerned with "...the ways in which literature (and other cultural productions) reinforce or undermine the economic, political, social, and psychological oppression of women" (Tyson). This school of theory looks at how aspects of our culture are inherently patriarchal (male dominated) and "...this critique strives to expose the explicit and implicit misogyny in male writing about women" (Richter 1346). "Wring the pink out" The original title was deemed too "girly" "Rapunzel" was changed to "Tangled" and the character of Flynn was emphasized in the story line and marketing. Major Female Characters
and Feminine Traits Original Concept Art Rapunzel independent, spunky, curious, creative, smart, a leader, strong And so I'll read a book
Or maybe two or three
I'll add a few new paintings to my gallery
I'll play guitar and knit
And cook and basically
Just wonder when will my life begin? Uses her hair ( and quick wit) to save herself and Flynn Not a face (or attitude) seen in most Disney princesses! Taking matters into her own hands Mother Gothel smart
manipulative
controlling
evil Mother knows best
Take it from your mumsy
On your own, you won't survive
Sloppy, underdressed
Immature, clumsy
Please, they'll eat you up alive Of course I love you, but... All I care about is my looks, so I'm using you for your magic hair. The "Villain" face Feminine Roles and Identity According to Tangled, women can either be a spunky princess or a evil, vain witch. or Beautiful, blonde, thin, and adventurous Old, dark hair, and selfish Rapunzel and Gothel are the only main female characters in a male-centric princess movie. They portray two contrasting ideas of femininity, so they do not form a sisterhood. In the end, they are mortal enemies, each keeping the other from the thing they most desire. Male Characters and Masculine Traits Flynn Rider Flynn was given more screen time after the movie was consider too "pink" He is a typical male hero- strong, muscular, swashbuckler, sly, and greedy but with a “soft side” "I didn't want to have to do this, but you leave me no choice. Here comes the smolder. " I'm attractive, sarcastic, and good at dodging arrows! Supporting Male Characters Buff and seeking revenge Super masculine "thugs" Tangled offers several male characters, and they all have one thing is common- muscles. Masculine Roles and Identity Male characters are left in charge of providing action, excitement and the "boy factor." For Flynn, this means assisting Rapunzel while also dodging his enemies. When a Princess and Thief Collide... Rapunzel and Flynn have a collaborative relationship. Rapunzel provides the passion
quick wit
magical hair Flynn provides the brawn
the "know of the land" At first, it is a love/hate that blossoms into a team, that then blossoms into romance. Romance of Tangled Rapunzel: I have made the decision to trust you.
Flynn Rider: A horrible decision really. "Frying pans... who knew, right? " Flynn Rider: But I know what the big question is? Did Rapunzel and I ever get married? Well I am happy to say after years and years of asking, I finally said yes.
Rapunzel: Eugene!
Flynn Rider: Okay, okay. I asked her.
Rapunzel: And we're living happily ever after!
Flynn Rider: Yes we are. From this... To this... Definitely not a "normal" princess! Power Roles Traditional Disney power roles are not as strong in Tangled. Rapunzel protects herself, and goes after the boy instead of the other way around. Strong
Buff
Brave
Sarcastic Male figures use brawn and agility to solve their problems and assert dominance. Female figures are creative. This trait is one of the strongest and most realistic in Tangled. They use their minds and wits to assert dominance. For example, Gothel tricks the brawny Stabbington brothers into doing her bidding. "I'll paint the walls some more. I'm sure there's room somewhere." Ceramic Unicorns and Frying Pans The thugs reveal their secret passions and desires, most of which are generally considered feminine. Rapunzel goes against princess stereotypes and is strong, especially with her trusty frying pan! "Gunther does interior design" "Attila's cupcakes are sublime" "And Vladimir collects ceramic unicorns" In general, these opposite traits are used for humor, but also add to the depth of the characters. With the thugs, Rapunzel doesn't fear them, but Flynn learns that Rapunzel means business with her frying pan. Patriarchy Tangled is set in a Kingdom ruled by a King. While the story doesn't reveal much about him, the citizens shown are happy and content. Socially, men are portrayed as "choosing" women, especially based on looks. Gothel warns Rapunzel that being "sloppy, underdressed
Immature, and clumsy" will not serve her well outside the tower. Public Reception Tangled was praised for having more well-rounded female and male characters. While it still struggled in some areas- especially with the physical portrayal of the heroes, it is praised as a step forward for the Walt Disney Company and their princess franchise. A Feminist Critical Analysis http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/722/11/ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0398286/ Sources
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