Fairytales?

For today’s post I am going to talk about one of my favorite things- fairytales.  Seeherinthemovies has a post called “Disney, what’s up with your Villainesses?” In this post she compares many of the different Disney princesses to their Villain.  At the end of her post she poses the question… “[What] impact [does] this [have] on children, specifically young girls?”  Seeherinthemovies never answers this question, but I am going to.  I am going to address the influence classic Disney fairytales have on children.

One thing Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, and Tangled, have in common is a clear and distinct- good and bad.  In real life nothing is as distinct, but that is what gives these movies their charm.  The princesses without a shadow of a doubt represent the good- “Snow White is graceful, kind, beautiful, and the stereotypical image of the perfect girl. Snow White is truly ‘the fairest of them all.’” And “Cinderella is beautiful, charming, and has a heart of gold. Even becoming the maid to her own household can’t harden her heart. Her grace so apparent, even the mice love her.”  While women who occupy many different roles- (ex. evil stepmother, evil queen, and a false mother,) are easily determined as bad.  This obvious distinction makes it easy for young girls to see and understand the difference between good and evil.  To many young girls, these princesses “shine as lights in the world.”  These Disney princesses represent perfect girls; they radiate innocence, and whole hearts.  Personally, I think this exposure to innocence is good for the younger generations.  Philippians 2:15 says, “That you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.”  As I said before Cinderella is a light, a role model, to young girls.

I think my opinion would be different if the Princesses were only beautiful, but they have so many other traits that label them as good.  However, Disney Fairytales need to be viewed with caution, our younger generations need to be aware that our worth is not based on our beauty, and if not explained these movies can do just that.  I am going to refer back to Proverbs 31:30, which says, “Charm is deceptive, and beauty if fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”  As an older generation it is our job and our duty to teach this lesson.  The fairytales can only do so much.  Learning right from wrong is a hard thing to do, and fairytales take our young girls through this lesson.

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2 responses to “Fairytales?

  • Jessica Mason

    It’s true that fairytales clearly make a distinction between good and evil. I agree that Disney movies include many lessons that may be helpful to young girls. Yet, I also agree that these movies should be watched with caution. As you mentioned the princesses are always displayed as elegant and beautiful. Not only do little girls need to be careful not to confuse beauty with self-worth but also I wonder about princesses’ male counterparts, the princes. Princes are usually displayed as handsome and confident men. Many of the princes also shown courageously rescuing the princesses. From watching these movies, do you think girls conclude that they need a man to save them? Have Disney movies inspired girls today to wait for prince charming to come and sweep them off their feet?

  • womenwithgod

    In answer to your question… I believe that many young girls dream about being swept off their feet. But as a young girl you are not in need of the knowledge that this may not happen. I think the only true way to learn lessons about love and “princes” is through experience. Disney Fairytales teach young girls how to dream- life will fill in the gaps.

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