Sunday, November 30, 2014

Entry 9

While it’s difficult to locate a cartoon devoted to the story of Rapunzel without finding numerous pictures from Disney’s Tangled, I did manage to find two in particular that I liked.

This first one comically portrays Rapunzel as a feminist as she confronts her prince saying that she refuses to allow men to use her as a “stepping stone.” While we want to think of these Grimm fairytales of true love as romantic and such, we can’t ignore the fact that some of them are, in fact, quite sexist. This cartoon simply illustrates the main sexist issue with the story of Rapunzel.

The second cartoon I found addressed an issue that didn’t necessarily exist in the original tale but rather a more current one. In fact, it’s not really an issue at all. In this picture, Rapunzel has cut her hair to the recently popular “pixie” haircut. This creates a problem as her prince no longer has easy access to her. I thought this cartoon was honestly just charming as it puts a little modern “hipster-esque” twist to the classic tale.

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