What are the principal themes in the story of Sleeping Beauty?
The major theme in Sleeping Beauty is true love. As Rose was born, he had been destined to marry Prince Philip, someone whom she had never set eyes upon him for 16 years. Without even their parent’s approval, they met each other and fell in love at first site. When Rose was imprisoned to sleep till when a true lover was found, it was Prince Phillip who looked for her and gave her the true love kiss that released her from the sleeping curse (Hyman).
2. To what extent does the form of storytelling (ie. a ballet compared to a Disney movie) shape the way we understand and/or respond to a particular narrative?
In the Sleeping Beauty, when compared to Disney movies, we can Rose to a ballet. Gifted in singing, plus dancing like a ballet, the movie is given a colorful choreography (Hyman).
3. What are the “politics of gender” in Sleeping Beauty?
In Sleeping Beauty, it is a male dominated society. As soon as Rose is born, his fate is sealed by the existing kings on whom she should get married to. A wedding is in fact arranged at her 16th birthday. The female gender here appears oppressed (Hyman).