Disney has come a long way over the years as they have made one movie after another. One of the most popular items sold of all time is the Disney Princess Line which started being sold in 2001. Children all around the world love to watch the many adventures of all the princesses. Through the princess' songs and journeys, children were taught many lessons and looked up to the princesses. But each film showed women being housewives, always cleaning a house and never sticking up for themselves. They just waited to be rescued by a prince whom they fall in love with. When we look all the way back at Snow White from 1937, she is depicted as a meek young woman who cannot fend for herself. Sure she keeps the house for seven little dwarfs, but why would she trust an old woman who she never met in her life? It wasn’t until 1998 with Mulan, a fierce, brave woman who fought for her own, that the Disney Princess Line began to change. According to an article, "The Problem With Disney Princesses," “parents and feminists would say that they [the princesses] are not good role models.” In this paper, I will show how Disney has changed these princesses from love blind women to women who can fight for themselves.
All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque, is considered the greatest war novel of all time. The perspective of the story takes place from a soldier on the enemy side of World War I. Readers get to walk through the life of a young soldier, Paul, on his perspective of the events of the war. Paul and many other soldiers go through the difficulties of war as they face many near-death experiences. This book really shows how war can eat away someone's sanity through the traumatizing effects when watching your friends die and killing a person who you don’t even know. This affects Paul the most because he doesn’t know how to put his feelings into words. As the events go by in the story, rather than staying at home with his family, Paul would rather be in the war fighting so he can ignore his feelings and thoughts. This section in the book makes one wonder if all the soldiers felt this way. The soldiers don’t have much of anything in the war to make them happy, but a quote which stands out from the story is, “Now they have the two things a soldier needs for contentment, good food and good rest” (138). A soldier never get much food and it’s amazing the soldiers ever get to eat. Food for sustenance is a very important theme in the story of All Quiet on the Western Front and it becomes a major aspect of the soldier's lives while they fight.
Many extraordinary people have come out and brought interesting insights to our world. The old phrase, "maybe things happen for a reason" comes to mind here. If someone had never come across a misfortune then what they brought into the world wouldn’t be part of our history. I believe Horace’s quote because there is so much one needs to think about. The only reason why we have Google is because somebody had a dream about it. It all depends on how we look at our misfortunes, either in a positive or a negative way.
William Shakespeare made many well known popular plays throughout his life which are still relevant because of their themes and characters. Shakespeare’s play, The Merchant of Venice, has given rise to many disputes about whether one of its main characters, Antonio, is possibly gay. Antonio is a Venetian merchant who spends most of his time throughout the play glued to Bassanio because of a bond. But this isn’t all about Antonio. Portia’s sexuality is a question as well. She has sent many suitors away because she doesn’t want to marry them. Is this because she is not yet ready to marry or for other reasons that she is trying to keep secret? Does Shakespeare do this on purpose to play with readers minds?
For the last five years, my best friend and I have had a tradition where we see a movie on the second of January. We’ve seen a handful of good movies to start off our year. This year we saw Ralph Breaks the Internet. It was a powerful story that really spoke to me. It’s been a while since I had fun watching a movie looking forward to what will happen next and even feeling a little down when it had to end.
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