A Girl A Shoe, A Prince: The Endlessly Evolving Cinderella

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It all begins with “Once upon a time” and ends with “and they lived happily ever after”. “Cinderella” is a very widely known story that many children around the world look up to and admire through their entire life. The history of this story, how scholars interpret this tale, and how the authors have retold the story are all key points to keeping this story fresh and popular. Most of the time when people hear the story of “Cinderella”, they think about the Disney version and maybe it is time that changes. All in all, the story brings light to everyone’s life even if they only know the original “Cinderella”. According to Refinery 22, “Cinderella” began being a story all about “persecution and the dangers of systematic oppression”. …show more content…

In this article, she interprets her own version of thinking toward Cinderella. She interprets the Big Bang into Cinderella and tells an entire new side of the story that no one else thought about. She asks the question “What Is Cinderella, Exactly?” and answers in the most fashionable way possible. She says that “Americans will call almost anything a Cinderella story that involves a good thing happening to someone nice. We slap that title on movies and books, but also on basketball games won by tiny schools full of scrawny nerds, small businesses that thrive and even political ascendancies that upend established powers.” (Holmes 1) This statement really opened my eyes to the truth she was speaking. Everything in America that seems perfect is considered nothing less than a “Cinderella Story”. She also says “It’s partly a fantasy about simplifying the relationship between social standing and coupling – one that makes the most sense in a world in which class differences are an accepted barrier to a good man choosing to marry a woman. If the prince is a man who believes from the outset that love conquers all, the story doesn’t really make any sense. It would be hard to set Cinderella on a properly functioning egalitarian collective.” (Holmes 1) As a matter of fact, I agree with this statement as well, mainly because the idea of simplifying the …show more content…

A young woman named Cheryl wrote a very humorous and entertaining version of Cinderella on her blog. My favorite part of her fairytale is when she included the most precise details that no other would think to include. At one part of her story she states: “Invitations were sent out at no little cost in postage stamps, and all the young woman were excited to attend. Naturally the ugly stepsisters wanted very much to go, and naturally they forbade Ella from attending, just to live up their reputation as wicked stepsisters. – Getting an education or maybe a job and achieving better life from her stepfamily – one with more fulfillment and fewer cinders – didn’t occur.” (Cheryl 1) I love how she always refers back to the stepsisters as ugly instead of evil. This (re)telling is absolutely my favorite and I would encourage anyone with a mind to read it. Another (re)telling that really caught my attention, like I know it did many others, was the one written in France in 1697. An author named Charles Perrault proved, yet again, that Cinderella is not who everyone expects her to be. According to this article, “scholars think Perrault may have confused vair (French for “fur”) with the word verre (French for “glass”).” (Unknown 1) This author tells of the stories from China, Native America, Africa, England,

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