Cori Marx

Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

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Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Communication Studies and Theatre


This study examined the fairy tale "The Tale of the Apple" by Emma Donoghue. The tale is referred to as a feminist version of the popular children's tale "Snow White." Using a feminist rhetorical criticism model, the portrayal of the gender in the story was analyzed. As a result, this study questioned the common definitions of feminism and its use in the fairy tale genre. The method used was Sonya Foss' four-step feminist criticism model. Following this model, the fairy tale was broken down and examined for its world view, effects on its audience, impact on women's lives, and contribution to rhetorical theory. The areas provided an in-depth guideline for examining feminism in "The tale of the Apple."

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Donoghue, Emma, 1969- Tale of the apple
Donoghue, Emma, 1969- -- Criticism and interpretation
Fairy tales -- History and criticism
Rhetorical criticism
Feminism and literature



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South Dakota State University



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