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Encouragement of Gender Roles Through Fairy Tales Female characters in many fairy tales are the perfect epitome of women following traditional female roles and possessing qualities of worthiness I will illustrate how fairy tales inscribe gender roles upon females based on Karen Rowes argument these tales which glorify passivity dependency and self sacrifice as a heroines cardinal virtues suggests that cultures very survival depends upon a womans acceptance of roles which relegate her to motherhood and domesticity Karen Rowe cited in Hallett and Karasek 348 I will discuss and analyse this through four fairy tales Charles Perraults The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood and Cinderella as well as Jacob and Wilhelm Grimms Snow White and Rapunzel The female protagonists of fairy tales possess qualities in which women are seen and accepted The main trait of a virtuous woman is that of beauty Never is the protagonist ugly or have qualities less than perfect in their looks She is either the most beautiful angel like or fairest of them all As Marcia K Leiberman states the prettiest is invariably singled out and designated for reward Leiberman cited in CCM package 187 Female heroines are ultimately rewarded with a marriage to a handsome rich prince and idealistically live happily ever after The first thing that gets the readers attention is of the main characters unforgettable beauty Despite this beauty she still leads a time in her life of hardship but is rewarded in the end with a handsome prince Beauty is an asset of the girls as Leiberman says focus on beauty as a girls most valuable asset perhaps her only valuable asset Leiberman cited in CCM package 187 Beauty women need to have to survive and win in the end
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