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The Walt Disney Company has been classed as one of the storytellers of generations, accessed by millions of children and adults alike. But for every Disney fairy-tale there is commonly a source of evil that each protagonist must overcome. This chapter focuses on the evil women presented within Disney Princess films and their root of evil. I explore the implications of the Evil Queen of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), and Mother Gothel of Tangled (2010) being depicted as narcissistic, their dichotomy between beauty and power, and how they are pigeonholed rather than developed as complex villains.

In: Evil Women: Representations within Literature, Culture and Film
In: Evil Women: Representations within Literature, Culture and Film
In: Evil Women: Representations within Literature, Culture and Film
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The Walt Disney Company has been classed as one of the storytellers of generations, accessed by millions of children and adults alike. But for every Disney fairy-tale there is commonly a source of evil that each protagonist must overcome. This chapter focuses on the evil women presented within Disney Princess films and their root of evil. I explore the implications of the Evil Queen of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), and Mother Gothel of Tangled (2010) being depicted as narcissistic, their dichotomy between beauty and power, and how they are pigeonholed rather than developed as complex villains.

In: Evil Women: Representations within Literature, Culture and Film
Evil women, who are they really? What are their motives, and how are they remembered and constructed within our culture? Evil Women: Representations within Literature, Culture and Film seeks to interrogate the nature and construction of evil women in the above fields. Through literature, poetry, history, ballads, film and real-life culture, scholars explore how the evil woman has been constructed and, in some cases, erased; the punishment and treatment of evil women; and the way evil women have been portrayed on and off screen through character, narrative and behind the camera development.