I know we've probably had an excess of these over the last few months, but I don't care. In my humble opinion, there can never be too many articles defending Walt's girls. I believe Snow White, Cinderella, and Aurora just as much praise and recognition as any of the Modern or Renaissance princesses. The three classic Princesses receive a large amount of criticism. They include "weak", "passive", "need a man to save them", "boring", "do nothing", "need a man to save them", among others (that last reason is so incredibly stupid
). These "arguments" are beyond cliché, mind-numbing, and REPETITIVE. Actually, I would think that showing kindness, dreaming, singing, dancing, cooking, and doing chores would qualify as "something", but apparently they don't. Again, I just don't get it!
They are no worse than the characters of today. Actually, they're better than some of the characters today. Have you people seen Bella Swan in action? Or Ally Dawson?
Let's start with the one that started it all, Snow White. At a very young age (14, to be specific), Snow White has already been through quite a lot. The Evil Queen made her a maid in her own home. I repeat: a PRINCESS was made a MAID in her own home.
Snow White later on shows how wise she is beyond her years, knowing that she needs to get a roof over her head than anything else after running through the forest. We also see a manipulative side of Snow when we see her convince the dwarfs to let her stay.
So weak? No. You'd be terrified too if you knew someone in your family was trying to kill you. And she sure knew how to get things done, for a 14 year old girl.
On to my personal favorite, Cinderella. Cinderella is incredibly strong. Like Snow White, Cinderella loses her mother at a very young age. Then she suffered through the loss of her father, and afterwards suffered psychological abuse from her stepmother and stepsisters. Judging from the opening scene, Cinderella is around 7 or 8 years old. That means being a slave for people who treated her like she was lower than them for 10+ years.
She's also never outright disrespectful, but rather playfully points out the ridiculous of her stepfamily through fiery quotes (for example, "Lucifer has his good points too. For one thing, he... Well, sometimes he... Hmm... There must be something good about him.")
That doesn't scream "doormat" or "boring" to me. And to everyone saying she doesn't stand up to her stepfamily, I kindly suggest you all go watch the movie again. She also plays a part in getting herself out of the tower by suggesting that Bruno assist with Lucifer, and she also escapes an enchanted pumpkin coach prison in one of the sequels. So damsel-in-distress, my a**.
Cinderella is not "flat". She is kind, humble, sarcastic, witty, and assertive
Aurora, while not as strong as Snow or Cindy, is certainly not a weak character. She's lived a sheltered life, and like the other two, her only companions are animals. She then finds the man she loves, and on the same day is informed that she is a princess and has royal duties and responsibilities. And "no personality"? Really? From the (approximately) 18 minutes of screen time she gets, I see that she's playful, shy, dutiful, obedient, and loves to dream.
The Classic Princesses have chosen to see the good in life, and I believe everyone should live by this philosophy. So don't call them flat. Don't call them boring. Don't call them damsels. Don't limit
them. Like every other person, fictional or not, they have their strengths, weaknesses, faults, and dreams.
I just had to include this image of Cindy here; she's so stunningly gorgeous. Skin, eyes, and hair are on fleek!