Damsels in Address
It is clearly evident that many fairy tales of childhood tend to shape the reader. Certain moral codes and ideals are tightly woven into the text of many fairy tales, promoting or denoting a character’s actions. In the Grimm’s fairy tales Cinderella, Brier Rose, and Rapunzel, the heroines of these tales exhibit strong behavioral codes, thus providing opportunity for the young female reader to relate to the damsel, or to
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roles played out and revert to the breadwinning hero role. Lessons portrayed throughout the story are epitomized by Marcia Lieberman to support the notion of love, success, and failure.
Grimm, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm. Trans. and with an introduction by Jack Zipes. 2 vols. Toronto: Bantam Books, 1988.
Lieberman, Marcia R. “ ‘Some Day My Prince Will Come’: Female Acculturation Through the Fairy Tale.” College English 34 (1972/73): 383-395.