Academic journal article Journal of Gender and Social Issues

Let It Go: Representation of Early 21st Century Feminist Approach

Academic journal article Journal of Gender and Social Issues

Let It Go: Representation of Early 21st Century Feminist Approach

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Byline: Dr. Farah Hashmi

Abstract

Media has played a significant role in revolutionizing women's lives over a period of time. It has made the audiences to focus on the wants and needs of females through various modes of communication, including cinema. Feminist theorists like Mary Wollstonecraft, Elaine Showalter and many more, in this regard, have been trying to provide women with respect and recognition, which all human beings must possess, through their writings. They highlighted the importance of various gender roles performed by women in relation to males in patriarchal society. Their writings have made the female community to rethink about their "self" from a radical perspective. Moreover, this has made women to have realization and acceptance of their abilities and intellect, challenging the set male norms regarding positioning of women.

The present study aims to bring the role of modern feminists to let go male chauvinistic approach regarding positioning of women and explain the perceptive of early twenty-first feminists in highlighting the aspects of women's personality beyond the walls set by the male gender. This study brings forth these aspects of development of modern feminist approach in the 21st century through the content analysis of the script of the Oscar Winning Walt Disney animated film, Frozen, released on 19th November 2013 world-wide and the analysis of the title sound track, Let it Go, which reveals the desires and perspectives of 21st century feminist tradition in broader spectrum. The study reveals that Jennifer Lee, the writer of the story, brings in Elsa and Anna as role models for women. It reaffirms the fact that women have their own criteria for measuring the sense of being perfect in the twenty-first century.

Keywords: Feminism; Gynocriticism; Women and Gender; Women's writings; Media

INTRODUCTION

The title of the current study, Let it Go, has been extracted from the soundtrack of the Walt Disney animated movie, Frozen directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee. It is a 3D computer animated musical fairy-tale motion picture, released by Walt Disney Pictures. It has been inspired from the enchanted Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen. The story of The Snow Queen underwent many changes and finally the screenplay was written by Jennifer Lee, with the title, Frozen. It was an animated melodramatic movie, therefore, Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana and Christopher Beck had to give voice to the characters to enhance the sensational aura of the story. The directors of the movie hired Kristen Anderson Lopez and Robert Lopez to write and compose a song for the movie, which is very popular now-a-days.

It is the highest grossing animated film of all times, which has been awarded two Academy Awards for preeminent animated picture and paramount original sound track, Let it go. It has also been the victor of two critic's choice awards for the song and the features as well. The rapid growth of the popularity of the film among the viewer's especially among the female viewers allowed me to find out the answer to the following questions posed in this study.

LITERATURE REVIEW

The study is of great significance because it aims to recognize the reasons of popularity of the movie and critic's opinion. It has been currently released and has been the highest grossing animated movie of all times and has accumulated $1.3 billion world-wide at the box office in a year. This movie has earned appreciation in terms of the features, themes and the lyrics of the movie. It is a story of two Sisters, Anna and Elsa, who were the princesses of Arendelle. Elsa, the princess of Arendelle was bestowed with cryo-kinetic clout which made her to produce ice, frost and snow at her will. One night, Princess Elsa accidently injures her sister Princess Anna by freezing only a portion of her hair. The parents become so frightened that they take them to the Troll king who erases the Anna's memory about her sister's magic. …

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