Ella enchanted -PO

Ella Enchanted is a coming of age story that brings a mixture of heroism and fairy tale into a readers life. It give optimism for the future because even in Ella’s darkest moments she seems to find a light.

Ella_enchanted_(book_cover)Noting her strong will to fight for survival and for what is right, she reminds me of the tea cup character in the Beauty and the Beast. The tea cup is fragile knows that he only has his mom to keep him straight and out of trouble but is still very strong determined and not afraid to do the right thing. Ella, although she had Mandy and the curse of obedience, wasn’t afraid of fighting. She was determined and focused on liberating herself from the curse. This determination is what I hope to be able to teach my students, to never stop trying or fighting for their dreams, ambitions, and goals    in life because without it life as we know it would be meaningless.

3 thoughts on “Ella enchanted -PO

  1. OM- I agree with you there PO. One other reason why I loved this book is the evolution of time. Women were bascially trophies for men in “yestercenturies” however, there is something that spark within them and allow them to battle for equal treatment as men. They rose up and emancipate themselves from the mental slavery of society. A woman should not to this, or a lady would never do that; I think women are tired of being viewed as this damsel in distress in literature always waiting for the man to come and rescue them. They themselves want to be the hero, they want to be the one that save the men for once. I can’t help but think that they were inspired by great female “heros” like Queen Elizabeth I, Joan of Arc and even Cleopatra of Egypt. I think this evokes that women are strong, powerful and are simply equal of men.

  2. JMF: OM and PO–you both make excellent points, and as I read the materials for the next few classes, I find myself repeatedly drawn back to Ella. Indeed, while it is at once enabling for young women to be able to move beyond the stereotype, it also frees them to enjoy the fairy tale without feeling like a sell out. (Surprisingly, an issue that a large number of preteen and teens that I’ve taught have struggled with). Ella combines the princess-y dream with the far more modern strengths and desires seen in today’s (young) women. Additionally, Ella’s not perfect–she makes mistakes, she does stupid things, she gets angry . . . but this makes her more “real” in a way that she of the average fairy tale princess stereotype is not. Indeed, it seems to give them permission to be themselves–whatever that may mean for them.

  3. Reading this excerpt left me intrigued and eager to know more! While I have not actually read the book, I admire the author’s ambition when it comes to empowering women and defying all-too-familiar gender stereotypes that have, in the past, been commonly portrayed in literature and movies. This topic is an excellent remedy to the repetitive cliche’ of women playing innocent, ingenue-type characters and a swell progression into future productions that will hopefully catch on with more screenwriters and authors. This is progression both for adolescents and adults alike!

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