While reading and watching films of different cultural Fairy Tales, you notice like an every Cinderella Tale there is a girl who is tired of living a life where they just want to be better. Also from all the different versions of Cinderella stories, all of them are surrounded by jealousy, hate, and negative vibes. However, there are cultural difference that is expressed in each of the different versions of these Fairy Tales. In my paper I am going to express these differences, the two versions that I’ll be talking about is “Aschenputtel” which is the Germany version, and a modern version “Maid in Manhattan”. My goal in this essay is to compare the historical context between the two, and also the cultural differences that is shown while reading and watching this different version of Cinderella.
“Aschenputtel” was a fairy tale that was created by the Grimm Brothers from Germany, this version of Cinderella was not created for children. It was for adults and in this version it was expressed with a lot of violence. During the late 18th and early 19th century when the tale of “Aschenputtle” was written, the Grimm brothers lost their father, and this took a “turn for the worst”, for the Grimm Brothers. They notice that not every tale ends in a happy ever after. Also Germany during the time was split into 200 principalities, and many Germans wanted it to be only one nation. So many writers at time really expressed themselves with these stories as dark as they were people used these stories to also describe their own personal stories on what was going on in Germany during the 19th century.
Also when this fairy tale was written, it was during a time of “Nationalism”. Nationalism is defined as “a feeling that ...
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...etely different directions. This goes to show that every happy and uplifting story has a dark side to it no matter the way we are used to hearing it every story can be interpreted differently in many different ways. Not just for Cinderella but for all fairy tales. People can see the concept of the stories in different ways which makes them interpret them differently it just goes to show every fairy tale has it’s downfall but it’s the ones that are told differently that shows that not every fairy tales has it’s happy endings. Even the most uplifting story can show darkness. It really goes to show how different two stories can be even if they have the same concept to them. “Aschenputtel” and “Maid of Manhattan” are great example of two extremely different interpretation but also contain the same concept. It may sound strange or odd but that’s the power of storytelling.
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