Date of Award

Spring 2019

Document Type


Primary Advisor

Dr. Grace Veach


The purpose of this thesis is to examine the original purpose of the most familiar fairy tales based on the state of society at the time of their conception, including the stories of the Brothers Grimm, Charles Perrault, and Hans Christian Andersen. The thesis will then compare these original themes to the themes of the Disney films they inspired, taking into account the cultural and historical factors that produced the final film. In addition, the thesis will take note of the modern interpretations of both the fairy tales and the films based on the viewpoint of our current society. In addition, this thesis will include a chapter on my capstone film Fairytale, which was created in conjunction with the thesis, as a practical application of the principles discovered in my research. The thesis focuses primarily on the themes of family relationships and the roles of women as defined by each time period.