Women In Rapunzel By Grimm Brothers

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Throughout time, women have encountered massive discrimination from a shortage of lawful rights and extremely small independence from men. In many modern countries such as Syria, Yemen, North Korea, and many more, women are still perceived as less than fully human. The United States has been fighting for women’s rights since the 19th century, but the results have always revealed men as the masculine and dominant ones. One can see the lack of power for women constantly appearing in literature, fiction, and entertainment. The inequality and anti-feminism for women can even be found in children’s fairy tales. One specific fairy tale, “Rapunzel” by the Grimm Brothers starts off portraying anti-feminism against women which then takes a complete …show more content…
Men sometimes believe it 's their responsibility to protect their wives, daughters and mothers from the danger of our societies. In “Rapunzel”, after the enchantress steals Rapunzel, she traps the young girl in a tower for 18 years “that had neither stairs nor doors, but only a little window at the very top” (Grimm 19). Rapunzel forcefully being trapped in a tower once again shows women’s frailty over men. The enchantress can be analyzed as a powerful woman with men like characteristics, having control over poor little Rapunzel. The enchantress ' terrible actions could still be found in our society today. Parents quickly refuse their daughters to attend outside events and force them to stay home because many parents believe the world is wicked and their daughters must be protected. Although, the enchantress traps Rapunzel for years eliminating her interactions with other humans, a similar idea of women having to be protected has been alive for centuries in our reality. Rapunzel stayed in the tower for 18 years singing, and wishing to be freed. Readers can easily observe the boredom and misery of Rapunzel as her daily activities only included cooking, and singing. From the beginning of civilization to the early 1900’s, lives of our women were similar to the once Rapunzel lived. Forbidden to go outside, women during these times could be perceived as slaves or even …show more content…
By tricking the new couple, the enchantress separated Rapunzel and the prince. Rapunzel who now was pregnant with the prince’s child was forcefully sent away to a desert and the prince becomes blind by the enchantress’s thorns. Disconnected from the sheltered forest, Rapunzel lives in the domain of masculine, and not only survives, but keeps the two children in her stomach safe and gives birth. The desert is, figuratively speaking, a much more masculine than a feminine surrounding. Not only does she carry out a painful task for a female, but she also completes the pregnancy all by herself in a difficult environment. Rapunzel 's actions display the capability and strength of a woman. Apparently, Rapunzel’s throat does not become so parched and dry in a desert that she cannot sing, revealing that she still has her own voice, and it still has the strength and courage in it to pull the prince to her and their

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