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Manpreet Singh
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Child literature is one of the earliest ways for young people to be exposed to stories, and “that plays a powerful influence in molding the world. Fairytales are important, like other literary forms, beyond aesthetic value. Literature is crucial in socializing, and the subtle focus given by the fairy tales genre is significantly better than other forms of teaching. Initiating children into social ideals and conventions. Traditional gender roles depict men as being intellectual, powerful, safe, and determined; emotionally (irrationally), weakly, nurturing, and submissive, they cast women. The lower position of women in society is therefore culturally driven by patriarchal factors and is not biologically fixed. Feminists think that fairytales have pushed the patriarchal objective of women’s subordination and a cursory look into the fairytales. These fairies propagate patriarchal beliefs as an instrument of preserving a gender hierarchy instead of just reflecting social norms. The apparently impartial fairytale is founded on patriarchal ideology, and most of the tales are structured around the common pattern. The children’s orientation through fairies, as infancy is an impressive stage, enables them to accept inequalities of gender and hierarchy until they become gender-stereotyped patriarchy figures. Tales such as ‘Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs, Cinderella’ and ‘Sleeping Beauty’ reveal how girls are prepared and boys are warned to show courage and reason at any time. Female figures in the fairy are either in trouble or depicted as witches or bad ladies. The story of fairy tales is often how a girl is saved from poverty by prince charm, which means marriage to the appropriate guy ensures a happy life that ends with the story of the girl. In spreading gender stereotypes, Fairytales play an important role and teach societal standards to children. The way sex is implemented in fairytales helps young people to understand the function they have in society. The ‘sweet, naive, meek and self-sacrificing’ stereotype in many of the stories is found in content, languages, and drawings, encouraging girls, while encouraging boys to be strong, adventurous, self-sufficient heroes and saviors” “the appropriate masculine and feminine roles”. The patriarchal imagination underlies the middle-class genre, which naturally naturalizes the servitude of women in the world of men. The most damaging effect of such teaching is that girls appear to internalize their anticipated passive and submissive behavior.