Abstract: Snow White's True Beauty
Mentor: Dr. Christina Valeo, English
Children are socialized into the idea of beauty at a young age. Fairy tales give the images of beauty, class, socioeconomic status, and societal norms of gender. I examine several versions of "Snow White" (Snow White by Pools, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Aiken, Fairest by Levine, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Sexton) that reveal varying concepts of beauty. The children's versions only reinforce the external idea of beauty by using pictures and using the word "beauty" excessively, whereas the young adult version redefines external beauty, and the adult version mocks the idea of external beauty. Subliminal messages in fairy tales acculturate children into believing in a societal norm of aesthetic beauty, whereas young adults understand that the societal beauty ideal is unattainable but strive to achieve it. Is the reshaping of beauty happening too late within literature?
11th Annual Research & CW Symposium, EWU, May 14, 2008
Women's Studies Center presentation on October, 31 2007
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