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Once Upon A Time Essay

863 words - 4 pages

Some things about fairy tales we know to be true. They begin with "once upon a time." And they end with "happily ever after." And somewhere in middle the prince rescues the damsel in distress or as we know the princess. Of course, this is not actually the case. Many fairytales omit these essential words. But few fairytales in the Western traditions fail to have a beautiful, passive maiden rescued by a vibrant man, usually her superior in either social rank or in moral standing. So many questions have been asked. But my question is: why is it that the prince always saves the princess, why doesn’t the princess ever save the prince?

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And Mulan stands in her fathers place in the army because he is elderly and sick.
So why is it that there has only been those three princesses that have been shown as a heroine? Why do they HAVE to be hopeless and dependable on a prince? It is because they want the female children the see the beautiful princess sitting around waiting upon her real true love, but in all aspects that is not always going to come true. Showing a child that being helpless and having to depend on people to help them sends the wrong message to the child.
Yes it is nice to see that a pretty girl find her true love through whom ever it is who saves her, but men can be saved as well not all men / princes are hero’s there are those who will need someone to save them as well. Having the image of females being weak and unable to do for there own, the script should be flipped and have more princesses saving princes like Mulan, pohantas, and Beauty. And maybe when that is shown they world will change as well when it comes to gender roles in the work place and home .
It is believed that most work places or homes are like how the fairytales are when the women has to depend on the man to make the money and do everything humanly possible for their family , and also in the workplace the women being paid less than the man because society does not believe that women are just as...

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