TV & Film
Orphaned Heroes: Disney's Dead Parent Trope
Why are so many Disney parents... dead? To answer this question, I explore the origins of the dead parent trope within the traditional fairytales and folklore stories that the Disney films are based on. I unpack "The Hero's Journey" to understand why this mythic narrative structure is still widely used in popular storytelling today. Finally, exposing the history and practice of the dead parent trope within children's literature and media allows me to answer a universal question that continues to evolve in our modern time: What makes a great parent?
This is the second episode of my investigative mini-series "Down to Disness", where I delve deeper into the social climate surrounding specific themes from the Disney movies, and how these topics influence and shape our modern day culture.
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