Analysis Of Perrault's Cinderella

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There is a plethora of fairy tales that have survived into the modern age, familiar stories such as; Jack and the Bean Stock, the Little Mermaid, The Tin Soldier, Little Red Riding Hood, and many others have all been used in modern films and literature. However, there is one storied classic that has been captivating children and adults alike for centuries, Cinderella. Charles Perrault wrote the familiar tale over three hundred years ago, yet modern adaptations of the story continue to be used. One example of a modern rendition of Perrault’s tale is the 1998 major motion picture titled Ever After (IMDb.com). Walt Disney’s cartoon version titled Cinderella is by in large the most popular and wide spread cinema rendition of the fabled story, however…show more content…
Grant uses the same basic plot of Perrault’s story, drawing many of the main basic plot lines. This basic template can definitely be seen in Ever After, however, stories, like ideas, change overtime and fairytales are used as tools to demonstrate social and cultural norms of the timeframe they are told in. Thus, we see Grant using the same basic plot line of Perrault’s Cinderella with a modern twist of feminism, suggesting the original Cinderella story may be wrong and hers is correct (Ever After). Ever After draws attention to the independent intellectual woman that is evident in Danielle. Going back to the introduction of the film, Grant depicts the Queen telling her version of the story to show the audience that the old Brothers Grimm and Perrault versions are wrong and…show more content…
Grant’s Ever After depicts a much more modern “Cinderella story”. It follows the basic plot set by Perrault’s original story with a modern feminist flair, it changes the overall message of what the proper female stereotype should be. The message of obedience is also changed in Grant’s story with a message of free choice and freedom in the form of democracy and knowledge. Susannah Grant is successful in writing a modern version of the classic fairytale which will continue to live on due to its liquid plot that can continue to be molded by social norms for many years to
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