Vol. 5, Issue 6 (2019)
Fairy tales as manuals of becoming a good girl: A study in the politics of gender
Author(s): Farhana Rea Deeba
Abstract: Fairy Tales are common items that most of the children are open to. In fairy tales, many stories are female-character centered which contain teachings and ideas a girl receives from these appealing stories and carries all through her life consciously or unconsciously. The psychological development of that child coheres with her physical development and at the end, with her self-evaluation process. The perception of her own self and the surroundings is shaped and conditioned by the stories she has heard or read repeatedly in her childhood. It can be noticed that the stereotypical images of the female characters define her personal and social roles for future life. Therefore, gender studies or feminist literary criticism can be critically used as a major theoretical tool to examine this aspect of the fairy tales. This paper explores issues like how the idea and process of becoming is given emphasis in the stories.