FEMINISM IN THE PAPER BAG PRINCESSS FEMINISM IN THE PAPER BAG PRINCESS THE STORY’S INFLUENCE ON YOUNG CHILDREN Amber M. Warner University of Maine at Augusta 1
FEMINISM IN THE PAPER BAG PRINCESS Abstract This paper explores feminism present in the popular children’s novel The Paper Bag Princess. Using textual evidence and examples, this paper discussing how the characters and the story embrace the idea of feminism. From a feministic perspective, this paper looks at how this book influences children and what its educational value to children is. Using quotes from the book itself as well as other research papers, this paper provides reasoning as to why this children’s book is an important read for young girls and boys alike. 2
Feminism in the Paper Bag Princess Feminism is a concept that should be taught to all children. Not all children books infiltrate this idea, but with progressive writers, feminism has crept its way into a handful of popular kids books. One of kid’s books that notably features feminism is called The Paper Bag Princess ( 1980) . The book reverses the stereotypical role of the princess and the dragon, and teaches children that you don’t have to fit into a stereotype and also empowers young women. The Paper Bag Princess is a children’s book written by Robert Munsch that was originally published in 1980. The book has received critical acclaim from feminists all over the world, including an endorsement from the National Organization of Women, who felt so strongly about the book, that they sell it on their own website. The story follows Princess Elizabeth, who starts out as a typical princess. She is dressed in beautiful clothing and has hopes of marrying Prince Ronald. However, the plot takes a turn when a dragon arrives at the castle. The dragon wreaks havoc,
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