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Damsels in Address It is clearly evident that many fairy tales of childhood tend to shape the reader Certain moral codes and ideals are tightly woven into the text of many fairy tales promoting or denoting a characters actions In the Grimms fairy tales Cinderella Brier Rose and Rapunzel the heroines of these tales exhibit strong behavioral codes thus providing opportunity for the young female reader to relate to the damsel or to model herself to behave in a similar fashion In accordance with Marcia R Liebermans essay Some Day My Prince Will Come Female Acculturation Through the Fairy Tale I agree with the assertion that positive traits in fairy tale indicate reward while the negative characteristics bring misfortune A heroine in a fairy tale is to be seen as a mentor a model to easily portray what is right and what is inherently wrong For instance a passive heroine proves to bring eventual reward through pain and suffering while a female who is assertive either mentally or physically is shunned Suggestions integrated throughout the text of the three tales provide strong evidence as to the desired morals and values of the society in which the tales were written Through the examination of tales their inherent messages surface Childrens perceptions of fairytales can go a long way towards shaping social interactions among said children Passivity is a major player in the personalities of Rapunzel Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty Rapunzel relies completely on a determined prince to escape her imprisonment Cinderella uses a fairy godmother to help her cause and Sleeping Beauty waits until Prince Charming wakes her Children could see these characterizations of women and begin to intertwine them with their own budding personalities Boys begin to see women as weak and Girls may interpret these behavior traits as indicative of their being the lesser part of relationships with men Sexual roles although not overtly discussed within the pages of fairytales becomes
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