Title

Thumbelina: The Classic Tale of a Damsel in Distress

Date

5-29-2014 3:15 PM

End Time

29-5-2014 3:30 PM

Location

Health and Wellness Center (HWC) 205

Department

Communication Studies

Session Chair

Emily Plec

Session Title

Top Papers in Communication Studies

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Emily Plec

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

Using the sociological method of media criticism, as well as components of Hansjorg Hohr’s essay “Dynamic Aspects of Fairy Tales,” I analyze the children’s film Thumbelina. My analysis shows that the many socializations of Thumbelina throughout the film incidentally work to instill a predisposition in its child viewers to see themselves as merely objects in their environment. It also suggests to them that death is never final, love is what life is all about, and communicates several other problematic messages.

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May 29th, 3:15 PM May 29th, 3:30 PM

Thumbelina: The Classic Tale of a Damsel in Distress

Health and Wellness Center (HWC) 205

Using the sociological method of media criticism, as well as components of Hansjorg Hohr’s essay “Dynamic Aspects of Fairy Tales,” I analyze the children’s film Thumbelina. My analysis shows that the many socializations of Thumbelina throughout the film incidentally work to instill a predisposition in its child viewers to see themselves as merely objects in their environment. It also suggests to them that death is never final, love is what life is all about, and communicates several other problematic messages.