July Word List 2016

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Recently, I have made it my duty to write down wordsthat I don't know, so that I can look them up later. I figured this could help my vocabulary and pretend I'm smarter than everyone else :). These are the list of words I have collected throughout the month of July this year. Hopefully I can make this a monthly thing, because I think it can be really good for me.


Best Disney Princesses

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The Disney Princesses have been role models for many young girls, including myself. I loved Disneyland and seeing all the princesses at the parks. There were always some I was more excited to seeing than others, and in these specific stories, storyline and representation are the key aspects to each story.

Cinderella 

Storyline Cinderella was that princess. She was the queen of all the princesses, by far the most popular.  Not only does she have the most recognizable story and movie, but she's also apart of the original 11 princesses.
Cinderella

I loved the story of Cinderella, because she had endured all the hardships in her life, like the absence of her parents, her awful stepsisters and stepmother, and being forced to clean and be their maid. Then when her fairy godmother comes to give her the night of her life, and eventually, the life she deserves in the royal palace, married to Prince Charming.

The moral of Cinderella's story was that 'good things come to those who wait'. She was kept from happiness because of her mean family, but she abided to their unjust rules, and got a fairytale ending. I do understand that many people like to take initiative in their life to change their destiny or future, but I like the concept of Cinderella where she waited patiently for the future she rightfully deserved.

Representation
Cinderella was also one of the first movie I saw with a black princess. I was 8 when I saw Rodger and Hammerstein's Cinderella remake from 1997. This version with Brandy as Cinderella, and many other black and multicultural roles. I loved Brandy in the movie, and related to the role so well because she looked like me. There was also Whitney Houston who played the fairy godmother, and Whoppi Goldberg who was the Queen. The representation of a black female role made the movie more relatable and important to me.

Representation is important, because I probably wouldn't have loved Cinderella as much as I do today, if the remake didn't have Brandy or Whitney or those specific characters. In the original movie it's hard to relate to the princess if I don't look like her or can imagine myself as her. With Brandy, I had the same braids as her, skin tone, and could imagine myself as her, which made the movie so much better. :)

Tiana

Storyline


Tiana was a black girl living in New Orleans who wants to open a restaurant to share her father's foods. This movie was so amazing and I loved it from the first time I saw it. The story was very good, and I really liked all the characters and the romance between Tiana and Prince Naveen.

The story of her wanting to carry out her father's legacy with his soul food. Very cute :)


Representation

Following the importance of representation, Tiana was the first black, darkskin Disney princess, and that was obviously very important to many girls, not only young but many other ages. The movie has deep black roots with New Orleans and Southern culture, which is very significant to the story, and how black girls can relate to her. One year, I would love to be Princess Tiana for Halloween. Just like I said before, appearance is important with representation, because if you can relate to her physically and culturally, you can imagine yourself as the princess yourself.

Tiana has another form of representation besides just being a black princess. In the movie, she is a very hardworking woman who wants to open a restaurant to share her father's food to the people of New Orleans. She was a driven, hardworking girl, which is an unpopular stereo type for black women. Black women, and black people in general, are always shown as lazy people, and can't work for themselves. Tiana proves this stereo type wrong with how committed she was.



Mulan

Storyline

Mulan was very different compared to other usual Disney Princess stories. Mulan was much more daring and fearless than any other princess in my opinion. She went to war for her country so her father wouldn't have to. In the process she saved her country, found love, and proved herself to her family.


Her and Shang's relationship was also very interesting aswell. How he didn't know who she was throughout the first half of the movie, but then when he figured out that Mulan was actually a woman, he completely shuts her out. But then she shows him up by saving the country and showing him what she is capable of.


Representation

What Mulan did was very brave and selfless for her family. She joined the army and saved the country of China. She is really a true role model, and the most fearless of them all. She proves young girls can do anything they put their minds to. She came from a patriarchal regime where she was expected to just be caretaker and a homemaker wife to a husband. This movie emphasizes that women can take care of themselves and don't need men to prove themselves.


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