Surrogate Parents in Disney

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Emma Webb Dr. Zimmermann ENG 140 November 18, 2016 Surrogate Parents in the Movies The Disney franchise has always been readily available to inadvertently discuss controversial topics. One that the franchise uses often is the idea of adoptive parents and how they can be good or how they can be the worst. There is a constant idea of the “evil stepmother” versus the “foster mom” and how the stepmother is always supposed to be perceived as evil and that there is nothing worse than getting a stepmother. In the movies Cinderella and Frozen show the polar opposites of having a “new mother” and how one is better than the other. This paper will explore the idea of the evil stepmother and its radical difference from the portrayal of the adoptive mother. In the movie Cinderella , Cinderella loses her mother and her father becomes remarried. The woman he gets remarried to brings in her other two daughters Anastasia and Drusilla. Once Cinderella’s father dies, her stepmother becomes matriarch of the household. Her stepmother is evil and cruel to her and Cinderella becomes a servant to the three of them. When the night comes for a ball, Cinderella makes her own dress for the ball. When she comes down the stairs, Cinderella’s sisters and stepmother tear her dress to shreds. This fuels the idea of an evil stepmother. Lady Tremaine is always referred to as “the evil stepmother” and her daughters “the evil stepsisters.” The polar opposite of this is in the movie Frozen with the trolls adopting Kristoff as their son. The trolls show the good side to being a foster parent and that being a foster
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kid can be turned into a good situation as long as you remain positive. Disney shows that being a foster parent is rewarding and that being a foster kid and getting adopted is much better than having to deal with a wicked stepmother.
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