Presentation on theme: "Don’t bet on the Prince!. Fairy Tales do influence the manner in which children conceive the world and their places in it even before they begin to read."— Presentation transcript:
Don’t bet on the Prince!
Fairy Tales do influence the manner in which children conceive the world and their places in it even before they begin to read. Psychologists
Arthur Applebee: on hearing a fairy tale children “assimilate the story to their past experience of similar tales, providing themselves with expectations about such things as types of characters, patterns of behaviour, and suitable endings.
What is a “suitable ending” for a young woman according to the dominant culture?
Marriage to “Royalty”? Marriage to someone who is well-off? Winning the lottery? Acquiring glamour and becoming famous? For what? Becoming a volunteer worker? Obtaining a Phd?
The “Princess” character The Traditional View
“Princess” is poor and tortured. “Princess” is tortured by evil witch. [ women as either angels or witches ] Kind and handsome prince comes along. Prince saves “princess”. [ Prince is happy because he is stronger and superior to princess.]
Reality The Struggle for Power
“The Princess who stood on her own two feet” by Jeanne Desy Alternative
The New Message If you sacrifice everything you are for the “saviour” (i.e. for love), you end up losing everything. Dependency is never a good thing. Prerequisites to find a “prince”: total sacrifice of self
Snow White A)Traditionally B)New Fairy Tale
A Revolutionary A woman who liberates herself (does not wait for the prince to do so) Manages to alter everyone’s living conditions. The New Message
Making Millions Heroes and Villains She’s a rock star! The Only Way is Up! Student elections What if we could be ourselves?
The Messages Race Age Family Physical characteristics Success / Failure
The New Message Independence Equality Respect and acceptance of the “other”