To begin with, Perrault and Basile’s stories contain female characters who share very similar characteristics and some different characteristics. Zozella from Basile’s tale and Cinderella from Perrault’s tale are both known to be beautiful, which is crucial to the story, and helpless to the cruelty of their families and therefore very deserving of a happily ever after. While Cinderella is beautiful, she is also kind, caring and full of “unparalleled goodness and sweetness of temper” (Perrault ,16) and ...
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... character is a girl, this inspires female readers to also embrace this message and wait for their own individual evil to be overcome. This creates the idea of women not being able to fight their own evils but rather waiting until finally their kindness pay off. Also send the message that females that are not pure hearted and kind like Cinderella will not be rewarded.
To conclude, through the different yet very similar stories of Cinderella by Charles Perrault and Giambattista Basile, it is clear to see that they paint a picture of females that sends a wrong message. These tales are both focused on appearance, and the aspect of women being helpless and wanting to be saved by a man. They also show females as jealous, cunning sex who show cruelty to one another and are greedy. This negative and wrong portrayal has led to stereotypes that are still present even today.
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