Your Research Paper builds upon the work you started in your Rhetorical Analysis. You test the validity of Zipes’ argument that Disney appropriates and transforms the fairy tale into a reductive Americanized version that reinforces gender inequalities and celebrates filmmaking over the reading audience’s own imaginations.
You will test Zipes’ theory by comparing an early Disney animation’s treatment of its fairytale source, Perrault’s Cinderella and Disney’s Cinderella, to a more modern Disney animation’s treatment of its fairytale source. I strongly suggest Aladdin, The Princess and the Frog or Tangled since these three are based on fairy tales.
This paper is written in stages, each of which has a due date and point value indicated on the syllabus. Each stage must be submitted in sequence.
REQUIREMENTS: 5-7 numbered pages excluding images, inserts, or long quotes. Include a Works Cited Page. This will bring your total page count to 6-8.
You must incorporate at least 2 sources, one scholarly and one popular, and you may use any other sources from this course. If you were unable to find a relevant popular source, you may use 2 academic sources that you have found.
Typed, double spaced, Times New Roman, font/pitch 12, standard margins.
Give your essay a succinct, creative title indicative of your topic or argument.
Be sure to stare your thesis at the end of the introduction and include a précis, whether as your second paragraph or later.
1. Introduction
• introduce your fairy tale in general: what is the basic story about
• introduce that there are different versions, written and film, introduce author and the director, when each was made, where, and contextualize them
• state your interest or topic by way of introducing Jack Zipes and his theory
• end by stating your thesis/argument/claim
2. Precis of Zipes argument
3. Introduce, contextualize, and quote your moment from the written fairy tale:
• when in the story it occurs
• the speaker or the perspective/s reflected
• the characters appearing or described in this moment
• the importance of this moment
4. Argue through close reading your interpretation of your moment from the fairy tale and the importance of that to the character or the larger story.
5. Transition to your scene from the movie, introduce and summarize it.
• where in the film it occurs, and the circumstances of that scene
• the main characters involved; who is the speaker; who is addressed
• is this scene in the present or flashback
• details should the reader know to approach this scene.
6. Argue through use of visual analysis and your article your thesis/argument/interpretation.
7. Connect your comparison of the fairy tale moment and the Disney scene to Jack Zipes’ argument. Based on your comparison, show how you agree, disagree, agree in part, or agree differently with Zipes.

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