Only Prince Charming Gets to Break the Rules

Fairy tales are a reflection of the social values of their time and often serve as vehicles for teaching moral lessons. However, a closer examination of these stories reveals that the actual behaviors and punishments do not always align with our expectations. Only Prince Charming Gets to Break the Rules, a meticulously researched analysis by Dr. Anne E. Beall sheds light on the disparities between male and female characters in both fairy tales and real life.

Beall’s study delves into the rule-breaking behavior of characters in fairy tales, comparing and contrasting the consequences and emotions conveyed. Through a comprehensive global perspective that includes stories from Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America, the author demonstrates how fairy tales communicate societal values that have persisted over time.

The use of statistics and real-life examples helps Beall identify gender differences in rule-breaking patterns, revealing that women are more likely to engage in psychological and physical abuse. Despite the ample data presented, the author maintains an unbiased approach throughout. Although the writing style may at times feel overly factual due to the abundance of statistics, the book remains engaging and informative. In fact, the material presented is well-suited for classroom discussions and anyone interested in understanding societal norms and behaviors.

Overall, Only Prince Charming Gets to Break the Rules: Gender and Rule Violation in Fairy Tales and Life is a refreshing and illuminating read that challenges our preconceived notions of gender roles and expectations. This research into fairytales and mythology is an excellent addition to those studying the impact on literature and gender roles worldwide and through time.

Pages: 154 | ASIN : B0BH3KWH5D

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Posted on April 3, 2023, in Book Reviews, Four Stars and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.


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