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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.

Alexandra Wooch

on 8 January 2013

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Transcript of Gender Stereotypes and Traditional Gender Roles in Fairy Tales

Gender Stereotypes and Traditional Gender Roles in Fairy Tales Rapunzel The Brothers Grimm Target audience -
Adults Thesis Statement Gender stereotypes are existent in Rapunzel, especially with woman always needing to be "rescued". Character analysis - Symbols THE TOWER THE WOODS NO STAIRS OR DOORS 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" Spun gold hair

Plaits Modern Day Comparison Disney's TANGLED 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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