Letter to the Editor: Women can be heroes too

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After reading “‘Frozen’ rewrites princess stereotype,” I have to agree. Disney and film producers have taken some big steps in bringing females more into the role of hero, and that is refreshing. Megan stated that “we need to … see what the characters’ actions are portraying.” We can do that by looking at the heroines in “Brave,” and “The Hunger Games.”

In the movie “Brave,” we watch Princess Merida show her independence in choosing not to follow her family tradition of arranged marriage. She knows what she wants and will do anything to get it. She shows bravery as she risks her life to undo the consequences of her actions. Girls can look to Merida as an example of not only bravery but confidence and knowing who she is well enough to fight for it.

In “The Hunger Games,” Katniss Everdeen exhibits attributes that girls can look up to, including courage, sacrifice, friendship and confidence. Katniss volunteers to take the place of her younger sister in a fight to the death.

She not only has to be brave for the sake of her sister, but also to do the things she needs to do to stay alive. She sacrifices herself to save her family. She is confident in her abilities and is able to use them to save herself and her friend, Peeta. Girls can look to Katniss as an example of bravery in spite of her difficult circumstances.

Film producers are showing us that women can be heroes that girls can look up to.


Kalli Davenport

Senior integrated studies major

St. George