Lies, manipulation, neglect, and abuse, what do these things all have in common? It turns out more than one might think. All four of these things is a betrayal of trust from one person to another person. Betrayal of trust is a commonly recurring theme in the story of Cinderella. One of the original written stories of Cinderella is told by the Grimm brothers, well known german folklorists.
There are many ways that one can commit a betrayal of trust. A person betrays another’s trust by lying to them, tricking them, or trying to use them for their own personal gain. Another betrayal of trust is that of neglect and abuse. The one abusing the other is betraying the trust they had placed in them. All of these is betrayal, for what is betrayal but “crassier conceits- lies and manipulation”(Orenstein 285). These betrayals of trust are all shown in the Cinderella story.
In the Grimm brother 's story “Ashputtle” the father is very neglectful of his daughter. At first he shows her love, but this all changes when Cinderella’s mother dies. The father remarries, and leaves the raising of his daughter to the stepmother. The father is drowning in grief and does not pay attention to the world around him. “He takes no protective role in any version of the tale”(Schectman 293) the father is completely ignoring the rest of his family. In the story of “Ashputtel” Cinderella sneaks into the ball, held by the King, three times and sees her family each time yet her father never recognize her. When the Prince follows her home, and she hides by their home and the Prince gets Cinderella’s father to look for her. Yet he is in disbelief “Her father thought “Could it be Cinderella?””(Schectman 299). Even when he has proof he does n...
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.... Poniewozik, who wrote “The Princess Paradox” would agree with this statement as “or at least learned to pay lip service to them”(Poniewozik 325).
Society today is learning that it is all right to lie and cheat, and they are teaching this to their children. There are shows on tv that are all about nothing but lies, manipulations and neglect. Society is being desensitized to the horrors that are these betrayals of trust. By doing this the dynamics of society are changing. It is easier for people to become abusive and in harmful situations, the divorce rates are rising and it is all because people are betraying others trust. Having one’s trust betrayed makes people suspicious of others, and this is what causes wars, and other atrocities to happen. If society continues on this path of betrayal the world could very well end up in another cycle of wars, and holocausts.
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