Analysis of Snow White behavior
Even though Disney movies have been shot and shown years ago, they might still contain a number of explanations for the tendencies prevailing in a modern day work. Thousands of children who are nowadays workers, businessmen, mothers and politicians have been raised under the influence of these movies. The stereotypes and behavioral patterns mirrored in these movies might be nowadays traced in the behaviors of the people, in their social roles and in the invisible rules that still guide the relations in the society. The attitude towards labor and to the household duties might have definitely been affected by the Disney movies as a lot of protagonists are undertaking these activities in a rather light manner. The latter creates an illusion that household duties are quite easy and that they should be unpaid. Such a notion still echoes in nowadays stereotypes towards the females, the work that they do and the pay that they eventually get.
The scene that has been chosen for the given paper is the one that starts at the 3rd minute and ends at 8th. It portrays Snow White in the course of completing her daily tasks. In particular, she is collecting the water from the well while singing with the birds and even meeting the prince. The scene is definitely typical for Disney's cartoons as it demonstrates the protagonist facing the hard life situations with a smile and always good mood regardless of the hardships and their volume (Hand, 1937). In this short scene Snow White seems to be quite happy though she is dressed in old and well-worn clothes and lives literally in a cellar. The movie is an animation as it has been first drawn by the multiplicators and then transformed into the finished product, the entire story about Snow White. The colors used in the scene are quite bright, yet pleasant and calming at the same time. They are not as vivid as in the case of Cinderella, for example. The tones of the colors tend to mirror the overall message of the scene. As it portrays Snow White, they are warm and attractive. Yet, when her stepmother was showed, the colors turned to the dark and cold ones. The scene is enriched with various sounds, which mostly reproduce the sounds that could be heard in a forest or park. They are all in harmony with the pictures and the message of the scene.
How It Works
The labor patterns are represented quite positively in the movie. The scene is extremely pleasant since it occurs on the open air space under the trees with the singing birds. Considering the air-lacking offices or mines, the maintaining of household in this case seems to be a fairytale not endangered by the life hazards as, for instance, in the case of the work in a mine. Secondly, the colors used in the scene are both calming and refreshing. The fact that Snow White met prince in the garden also provides for a passive role of a woman within the society. In this case Snow White should have done nothing to get the attention of Prince, as he approached her when she completed her daily tasks. She played with the objects that surrounded her including the water, the well, trees, birds; despite the raggy clothes, she kept herself in good mood and disregarded the obstacles that surrounded her. In other words, the household work here is demonstrated as the one that is completed quite easily and in a funny manner. In a certain way it might have devalued the work that is undertaken by the housewives on the daily basis and contributed to the advancement of the gender-based stereotypes. The given patterns might serve as a support for underpaying women and discriminating them at the workplace. Moreover, the household work is taken as granted by the family members even though it might frequently require more efforts and responsibility from the woman than merely working at office and undertaking certain jobs. The female who runs the household might need to be both physically and emotionally strong to face and handle all the challenges she confronts in everyday life. Therefore, this work cannot be underappreciated or disregarded or shown as an easy and entertaining one.
One of the interesting episodes in this scene refers also to the clothes of the protagonist and the way she accepts herself before and after she meets Prince. In fact, having seen him, she first looked at her worn-off dress and screamed for the first time. Before that she was quite indifferent about her appearance though she looked quite attractive and clean at least. She started to estimate her outfit only after she met the man. Of course, she wanted to catch his eye and was too ashamed by the way she looked. Yet, it also creates an impression that all the efforts that are done by the females to look better are done to attract or please men' eyes. At those times such a behavioral pattern was most probably quite widespread one as women depended on men, followed them and took into consideration their orders and wishes. Nowadays things have changed. The females can vote and work and take other activities they consider appropriate. Their appearance and the clothes they wear are still the instruments of attraction. However, today they hit far more targets than just one man's heart. The feminists might be abused by such a narrowed usage of clothes and its representation in Snow White.
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It often seems that the stereotypes and patterns incorporated into the cartoons or movie scenes are not affecting any one. Yet, it is not quite true as nowadays in the growth of the diversity and tolerance towards the differences, the screens have been flooded by the representatives of the subcultures and national minorities. In such a way the producers aim to mirror the reality in the movies. As a result, the African Americans, Mexicans and others become protagonists of the blockbusters and other hit-movies. Obviously, the scientists or sociologists have found the correlation between the movies translated to the bigger audiences and the implications that they create. Mentioning Snow White, it should be stressed that it, for example, divides the societies into the roles worn by the males and females. The first are frequently provided with wealth, influence, powers and are occupied by some so to say business affairs. At the same time, the females are serving men as they either completing their household tasks or take care of their beauty and appearance. Their thoughts are never occupied by the wars or affairs related to the keeping of castles and other serious tasks. In other words, the females are not playing the first violin in life; they remind more a decoration, a pleasant bonus in the lives of influential and wealthy men. Most probably, this pattern was acceptable when the cartoon was created though it is definitely not recognized nowadays. Moreover, today the females all over the world are still fighting with this stereotype of inferiority.
In conclusion, the Disney movies are created in accordance with the standards and social stereotypes that prevailed during those times. The females then were expected to serve the males and to follow their orders and desires. In a certain way, such behavioral patterns are unacceptable nowadays and the feminists are fighting against them. Yet, these small patterns still echo since women are underpaid and the household duties are still assigned to them. The latter is considered to be an easy or a natural duty of every female and, therefore, is often not paid or at least, thanked for. All of these results in the imbalance between the females and males and the social roles that they occupy.