The Expectations Of Being A Princess Essay

1181 Words Oct 7th, 2016 5 Pages
“It’s only in fairy tales that princesses can afford to wait for the handsome prince to save them. In real life, they have to bust out of their own coffins and do the saving themselves.”, Meg Cabot. Searching for information about the expectations of being a princess, I found this quote by the American author of romantic and paranormal fiction for teens and adults, Meg Cabot. Dainty, delicate, submissive, proper, snobby, and multiple other terms come to mind when thinking of what it takes to be a princess. Surrounded by the media and images, young girls are vulnerable to societies social construction of princesses. Dressing in gowns, wearing tiaras, playing with makeup, just to generally make themselves feel “pretty like a princess”. In the children’s book, “Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots?” by Carmela LaVigna Coyle, the author is attempting to generate an idea that princesses do not have to live by the norm that has passed on overtime. Although, the author constructs this message in a very contradicting manner through the visuals and storyline. Sitting at the table for dinner with her mother, the young girl questions her mother if princesses wore hiking boots. Continuing to ask questions that did not quite correspond to the standards of princesses, the young girl expands the category of being a princess. Attempting to adjust to society’s idea that young girls should behave like a princess, the girl tries to socialize herself within the characteristics. Portraying one…

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