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Group 3 Bottigheimer

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Return to Group Presentations

 

Due: Wednesday, 15 January 2014

 

Directions:

Each group will give a 10-15 minute presentation on one of the assigned critical readings. The presentation should:

  1. Identify the thesis and central claims in the article/chapter. 
  2. Give an example of the way the author supports these claims.
  3. Evaluate the argument. Is it strong? Does it use strong evidence? How does it relate with other scholarship we have read in this class?
  4. Post the material for the presentation on the class wiki.
  5. Sign up for conferences BELOW by putting name and WSU email on group page. Limit: 3 people per group. 

 

Names: 

Masuma Jinnat

masuma.jinnat@wayne.edu

 

Rachel Gibbons

ej1564@wayne.edu

 

Prezi for Project

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1.    Identify the thesis and central claims in the article/chapter.
     a.    The thesis: The changing of the content and substance of fairy tales to make them more appealing to the audience as well as to influence the cookie image of what is acceptable to society.
     b.    The central claims:  Profitability of fairy tales, Defining Class and Gender Roles to dictate what is expected from you as well as what you can expect from society,

 

2.    Give an example of the way the author supports these claims.
     a.    The conformation of the original fairy tales in order to fit the Disney’s model of what a fairy tale should be as well as to become a lucrative enterprise.
          i.    That a number of film and video fairy tales are produced and packaged as series attests to the easy marketability of the fairy tale as commodity. P.203

          ii.    “In the case of Irving's Rumpelstiltskin, feminist consciousness and solidarity have been given a certain amount of lip service, but in the end feminist ideas are rendered meaningless by the tale's transformation into the familiar and acceptable Consumer Romance. p.197
     b.    Defining class and gender.
          i.    “’From the folk tale, one leams one's role in life; one leams the tragic dilemma of life, the battle between good and evil, between weak and strong. One leams that if he is kind, generous, and compassionate, he will win the Princess. The triumph is for all that is good in the human spirit" (117-18). Disney, Sayers maintained, distorted this moral purpose and proportion by sweetening the folktale:’ ”p.193


3.    Evaluate the argument. Is it strong? Does it use strong evidence? How does it relate with other scholarship we have read in this class?
     a.    Yes it is a strong argument because he backs it up with strong evidence both from pother fairy tales as well as the thought and opinions of authors of this genre. In FTAS, Jack Zipes addressed Perrault’s view of a female’s roles as “she must be passive until the right  man comes along to recognize her virtues and marry her. She lives only through the male and for marriage. The male acts, the female waits. …, it is to demonstrate how submissive she can be.” p.25
     b.    Another evidence of similarity from scholars is the story of Little Red Riding Hood and the different versions. Each version is made to suit the author’s point of view and cater to audience’s likes and dislikes. One of the versions end with a huntsman helping Little Red    Riding Hood . Which shows gender roles and a women needing to depend on a man. Another version is of her getting eaten by the wolf which indicates her bad decision of encountering the wolf. The last one shows Little Red Riding Hood rescuing herself without the aid of a man. Each story holds its own substances and moral behind it teaching the audience a lesson.
     c.    Lastly, the comparison between the first and later versions of Hansel and Gretel address how authors can change a story to make it more acceptable and marketable to society.  The earlier versions had the children being left in the woods by their mother.  Later versions had the children being left in the woods by their step-mother. This change seemed to come about due to society not being accepting of the idea of a mother abandoning her own children. Also, what mother would want to read a story, in which the mother is the villain, to her children?


4.    Post the material for the presentation on the class wiki.

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