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Gross, Samantha

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Name: Sam Gross, eh4287@wayne.edu

Major: History

Interests: Music, drawing, reading.


MIdterm project: The story I plan on working with for the midterm is Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. I want to look at how the gender roles differ in the Grimm's version compared to the television show Once Upon a Time in relation to the principal character of Snow White. I am also going to look at the Disney version of Snow White, although that is not going to be my main focus. 



Thesis: There is a considerable progression of Snow White’s character in the television show Once Upon a Time compared to the flat, pretty-faced character depicted in the Grimm Brothers' tale as well as the Disney animated film, to a strong willed, complex, and independent woman, visually represented by clothing choice, miscellaneous personal effects, body type, and hair.


Midterm Paper:
snow white.docx  


Final Project: For the final paper, I am going to be doing a close analysis of Little Snow-White and Cinderella. The premise of my paper is that fairy tales in contemporary society are evolving from the stereotypical "good vs. evil" trope into something a little more deep and harder to discern. I will be comparing the original telling of these two tales, and in particular the relationship between the heroines and their adversaries, to the television show Once Upon a Time.


Popular/Not scholarly sources:





Scholarly sources:





Working Thesis: 

In recent years, “good” versus “evil” is still a widely used trope that the re-telling of fairy stories continue to employ, however there is an unmistakable emergence of the blurring of these clearly defined lines, and in particular the role of the young and virtuous female who is pitted against an older, evil counterpart.  The distortion of this dichotomy can be seen through a close examination of Little Snow-White as well as Cinderella; more specifically, by examining the transformation of each character (protagonist and antagonist alike) individually as well as the relationship of the protagonist and their adversaries from the original telling in comparison to these same relationships in the ABC Family television show Once Upon a Time.


Rough Draft:

Fairy tales final paper.docx

Gross Fairy tales final paper.docx


Final Paper:


Comments (6)

Abigail Heiniger said

at 3:38 pm on Jan 26, 2014

This sounds like a great project! Since you need to work from a literary version, why don't you compare the Grimm's tale to the evolution (specifically, the VISUAL REPRESENTATION) of the Queen in Once Upon a Time (and since ABC is owned by Disney, there are still strong, deliberate connections to Disney films). You could continue expanding this in your final paper (just be sure to focus on VISUAL media here).

Abigail Heiniger said

at 10:35 am on Feb 5, 2014

This sounds like an excellent analysis! And the connection you're creating here (between Disney and ABC's "Once Upon A Time" is meaningful because Disney OWNS ABC). Looking forward to how you compare this with the literary tale (is ABC accessing something in the literary tale - a potential for strength - that Disney missed the first time around)!?!

Abigail Heiniger said

at 5:29 pm on Feb 19, 2014

That is a great trope to explore! You may want to think about ways to limit it (so that you can go in-depth). For example, you may want to consider FEMALE villains (from traditional fairy tale princess narratives) and they way they are reversed in Once Upon A Time and the significance of that. Otherwise this REALLY INTERESTING paper might develop into a 25 page research paper! I look forward to what you do with this!

Abigail Heiniger said

at 10:55 pm on Mar 2, 2014

You have done a lot of research here! Only two of these sources are scholarly (and one seems to be more context, than secondary), but you could still reference any of these (you just need to find/reference at least one more scholarly article).

eh4287@... said

at 1:55 pm on Mar 4, 2014

thank you! I have been having some difficulty finding more scholarly articles but am continuing to look!

Abigail Heiniger said

at 3:10 am on Mar 7, 2014

This is a great working thesis: looking at the way modern versions of Snow White dim the dramatic dichotomies of traditional fairy tales. As you revise, think about ways to state your argument more specifically in the thesis (i.e. In what ways does the backstory create sympathy: it gives motive, relationships…).

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