Don Rozario Research Paper

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Do Rozario, Rebecca-Anne C. “The Princess And The Magic Kingdom: Beyond Nostalgia, The Function Of The Disney Princess.” Women’s Studies In Communication 27.1 (2004): 34-59. Academic Search Premier. Web. 25 Mar. 2015. Do Rozario offers many themes that portray the evolution of the Disney Princess. She explores the anachronistic characteristics that make the original princesses (Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty) relatable to their modern, contemporary audiences through their physical appearances and behavior. Do Rozario deconstructs the role and function of a Disney princess in her designated kingdom and era. She focuses on two groups of princesses: the oldest princesses under Disney’s direction (Snow White and Aurora) and the more modern princesses of the turn of the century under the supervision of Michael Eisner (Ariel, Pocahontas, and Jasmine). Do Rozario delves into the mechanics of the patriarchial society in which the…show more content…
She categorizes the princesses into three generations: the old (Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty), the middle (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and Pocahontas), and the most recent (The Princess and the Frog, Tangled, and Brave). She investigates the qualities that make up the modern woman in the newer princesses: courageousness, independence, intelligence, and aggressiveness. She maintains that Disney films mirror society, which in turn mirrors the films, creating a simulacra of an “ideal” society. Stephens alludes that society created the Disney princess archetype of the submissive woman due to societal norms in the respected era that each film was released. She suggests that in order for Disney to portray more independent princesses, society must first perceive women in that light and truly accept women as complete equals to

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