The Little Mermaid Analysis

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Similarly, in her article about Richard Kelly’s lighting designs, Margaret Maile Petty summarized:
[Stanley] McCandless... a well-known theatrical and architectural lighting designer... taught that the primary characteristics of light—intensity, color, form, and movement—had a direct effect on sensual perception. He held that the studied combination and manipulation of these elements allow the designer to determine the emotional and psychological experience of any individual within that environment. (196, 197)
With this amount of control, designers were able to precisely create the feminine, culturally appropriate Ursula that all LDS members would be accepting of. An additional defining element of Ursula’s feminine persona was the realm in which she lived. The space was filled with circles, curves and swirls. Unlike straight lines which often indicate masculine features, the set alluded to the soft, curvy nature of the average female body. In fact, many women actually base their femininity on the shape of their curves. Shari L. Dworkin discovered: “In a study about women aiming to lose weight, most women indicated that they were more concerned with actual weight loss than developing muscle for
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Defining a person’s gender based on social expectations can create confusion, self-doubt and self-loathing for failing to meet those expectations. Butler expressed, “...There may be forms of ‘gender’ within homosexuality which call for a theorization that moves beyond the categories of ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’... Is there perhaps a specific gender pain that provokes such fantasies of a sexual practice that would transcend gender difference altogether, in which the marks of masculinity and femininity would no longer be legible?” (“Gendered and Sexual Performativity” 182) Of course, LDS doctrine will never change, but the ways in which members practice those doctrines

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