Abigail Feely, another fan of The Paper Bag Princess wrote a journal discussing the novels significant lessons. In her work, she writes “When a children’s book both proves enduringly popular and finds its way into the heart of the academic discussion on gender roles, historians should pay attention” (Feely, 591). The most notably interesting fact written by Feely is that the story originated in a childcare where Munsch told stories to the children. He told many stories of prince’s saving princesses, so one day his wife asked him why it couldn’t be reversed. Robert Munsch followed his wife’s advice and allowed the princess to save the prince and it was as popular with the children and their mother’s as it is with people today. Elizabeth doesn’t exactly approach the situation how many princes would-in other stories. Instead of fighting the dragon with weaponry, Elizabeth decided to outwit and manipulate him to rescue the prince. Implying that women are intellectually capable. Princess Elizabeth fights the dragon with her persuasion and wins, teaching young girls the importance of bravery and the ability to fight their own battles. The title The Paper Bag Princess implies that her appearance is somehow important to the story, and it is. In many fairytales that are read to children, the princess is written as being beautifully dressed with jewelry and gowns. Similarly, this is how this novel starts, but when the dragon enters the castle, Princess Elizabeth’s appearance is drastically altered. This also symbolizes the change readers see in Elizabeth. When she is stripped of her princess-like clothing and instead wearing a paper bag with messy hair, that’s when readers should see that Elizabeth is more than her stereotype. She is a strong and courageous woman and is
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