Traditional gender roles are explained through the patriarchal tone of the song. Men wrote both the lyrics and the music, creating this patriarchal tone. For example, the lyrics suggest that Snow White conforms to traditional gender roles by stating that she cannot reach her dream of eternal happiness until she gets married: “To be happy forever I know…and wedding bells will ring, some day when my dreams come true”. This reflects the patriarchic structure of society during the time in which the film was produced. Historically, the film occurred a few years before the
In addition to the patriarchal message, the musicality and visual imagery of “Some Day My Prince Will Come” showcase a stereotypically feminine princess. Adriana Caselotti, Soprano I, sings Snow White in a very high vocal register. The dreamy, legato (smooth and connected) melody is strung together with a carefree and simple chord structure. Snow White lingers on each tone in a high pitched vibrato, evoking longing and the romanticization of heterosexual love. The visual imagery also presents stereotypical femininity. For example, numerous animals surround Snow White as she motheringly serenades the dwarfs. Snow White exemplifies traditional femininity through her connection to nature and her role as a mother-type figure to the dwarfs.