Cinderella’s step sisters are portrayed to lack morals (goodness and kindness). Through-out the Grimm version, the lack of morals is widely spread. In the fourth paragraph, they insult insinuating that she is a stupid goose. In the fifth paragraph, these step sisters take away the beautiful clothes f Cinderella and end up giving her wooden shoes as well as dressing her in an old gray smock. They always misused her and took advantage of Cinderella’s kindness and goodness; when they were preparing to attend the ballroom, they asked her to comb their hair, brush their shoes and even fasten their buckles. After the prince chose Cinderella instead of them, they became so angry due to their jealousy. In Perrault’s version, the lack of morals of Cinderella’s sisters is shown in their insults such as nicknaming her Cinder-Clod in the third paragraph. When Cinderella borrowed Javotte her stepsister her yellow dress she declined saying that she must be mad for her to lend her dress to a grubby cinder-clod like
We begin after Cinderella’s mother dies, and her father brings home a new wife and two daughters. Almost immediately, they disliked the young girl. Was it because she was more beautiful than they? Could that be a form of jealousy? They stripped her of all of her pretty clothes and her bed, and forced her to wear an old bedgown and wooden shoes and sleep amongst th...
As the world has transformed and progressed throughout history, so have its stories and legends, namely the infamous tale of Cinderella. With countless versions and adaptations, numerous authors from around the world have written this beauty’s tale with their own twists and additions to it. And while many may have a unique or interesting way of telling her story, Anne Sexton and The Brother’s Grimm’s Cinderellas show the effects cultures from different time periods can have on a timeless tale, effects such as changing the story’s moral. While Sexton chooses to keep some elements of her version, such as the story, the same as the Brothers Grimm version, she changes the format and context, and adds her own commentary to transform the story’s
Bettelheim relays his argument about sibling rivalry with evidence mostly based on his Freudian way of thinking, and comprehension of his article may be challenging to one who isn’t familiar with this psychological type, such as when he explains how children have incredibly vile thoughts of murder (281). Other ideas on romantic love for a parent and the ridding of parents because of guiltiness may all seem unorthodox to one who doesn’t agree to what Bettelheim is insinuating on these topics. But, also interests in the way it shows a different view on a child’s feelings of jealousy and attention. More supporting evidence from other scholars or writers on these issues to back up Bettelheim’s claims could help with the believability and understanding of what his statements are saying. On the other hand, had Bettelheim used others as references, the relation of sibling rivalry to Cinderella may not have been as vivid or interpreted in a way Bettelheim did not intend. Bettelheim writes specifically to show an outside thought process on Cinderella and her step-sisters, and emphasizes the feelings of jealousy and malice in relation to a child and the child’s siblings. Each statement of his article does generalize to this main topic, helping to better understand the overall meaning of “sibling rivalry”, which is a fascinating topic, despite a possible disagreement of
Throughout the years, the story of Cinderella has changed as different authors, including the Brothers Grimm and Walt Disney have weaved their perspectives, morals, and agendas into their retellings. Just as varying rhetors can ha...
the child is denied the fairytales. Bettelheim uses certain fairytales as examples of how they help a child’s development, some examples are Cinderella, Snow White and Hansel and Gretel. In the said children stories, Bettelheim argues why children need fairytales in order to grow up as functioning human beings in society. He states that children have a missing piece in their personality or character and they need the made up...
Fighting for the respect of authority they assume they deserve among other siblings and even from their parents, it can be hard to determine what is actually at the foundational cause of their actions. Some aspects expressed in the Bettelheim’s article include the the impact the things they watch and listen too influence their very perspective of live and their personalities. In one such instance the author discusses the impact princesses, like Cinderella, have on their children. Upon seeing the story, they subconsciously feed off of the fact that the plot “shows that behind the surface of humility of Cinderella lies the conviction of her superiority to mother and sister.”(Bettelheim pg282) As a result, the author comes to the conclusion that children are often less inclined to feel guilty for their actions towards their siblings when presented with stories like Cinderella that set the vile nature of her step-sisters and parent figure into perspective. Furthermore, the author states so in the body of his article saying, “children, on hearing her story, feels have need not feel guilty about his angry
Parents play an important role in a child’s life so it is only natural that these roles are portrayed in fairytales meant for children. This is evident in the tale Donkeyskin by Charles Perrault and Cinderella by the Grim Brothers. The differing roles of the fathers in these tales, along with the similar roles of mothers, establish two different beliefs to impart on a child. Donkeyskin reminds a child that his/her parents love is undying and wants what is best for them; while Cinderella stresses the importance of becoming independent. Both of these beliefs recognize and address a child’s simple desires and fears.
‘Every child knows what it’s like to be Cinderella because all children feel unappreciated at times and want to be special.’ (Smith, 2007. P.6). While it is unlikely that most parents would abuse their children in the same way as in our fairy stories, or lock them in the cupboard under the stairs like Harry Potter, every child knows what it is like to be ignored, or (in their eyes) unfairly punished for something. ‘Children often feel helpless because they are subject to what they consider the whims of adults.’ (Cleaver, 2004, p.56).
In a society unbridled with double standards and set views about women, one may wonder the origins of such beliefs. It might come as a surprise that these ideals and standards are embedded and have been for centuries in the beloved fairy tales we enjoyed reading as kids. In her analytical essay, “To Spin a Yarn: The Female Voice in Folklore and Fairy Tales”, Karen Rowe argues that fairy tales present “cultural norms which exalt passivity, dependency, and self-sacrifice as a female’s cardinal virtues.” Rowe presents an excellent point, which can be supported by versions of the cult classics, “Cinderella” and “Snow White”. Charles Perrault’s “ The Little Glass Slipper” and the Brothers Grimm’s “ Snow White” exemplify the beliefs that females are supposed to be docile, dependent on the male persona and willing to sacrifice themselves. In many cases, when strong female characters are presented they are always contradicting in these characteristics, thus labeled as villainous. Such is the case of the Cinderella’s stepsisters in Perrault’s “Cinderella” and the stepmother in the Brothers Grimm’s “Snow White.” These female characters face judgment and disapproval when they commit the same acts as male characters. With such messages rooted in our beloved fairy tales it is no wonder that society is rampant with these ideals about women and disapprove of women when they try to break free of this mold.
“Cinderella” the tale of a suffering young girl who finds her prince charming, and lives happily ever after in a big beautiful castle. Truly, the dream of many young female readers. This story is well known all around the world and has many different versions. This paper will specifically focus on the versions by Charles Perrault and Giambattista Basile. One cannot argue that while writing their individual version of Cinderella both Charles Perrault and Giambattista Basile were strongly influenced by the many other tales of Cinderella, and this can be seen by the repetitive plot line, character and morals in both their stories. Giambattista Basile story was called “The Cat Cinderella” and Charles Perrault named his “Cinderella” or “Little Glass
Jealousy between siblings materializes because one of them feels overshadowed by the other. For girls, this results in a lack of confidence. If a girl loses to her sister, younger or older, insecurity builds underneath often causing hostility between them. In Eudora Welty’s “Why I Live at the P.O.,” Sister’s resentfulness towards her sister hinders her ability to become independent.
Over centuries of children have been enjoying the classic fairy tales of the Grimm Brothers and Charles Perrault. The fanciful plots and the vivid details allow children to be entranced by characters and adventures that can only be found in these stories. One of the most beloved fairy tales, which both the Perrault and the Grimms have their own separate versions of, is Cinderella. Cinderella is able to show how both versions are able to feed off the same plots while personifying the century and social economic situation in which they have lived.
Cinderella is about a beautiful young girl that is mistreated by her step family. They give her the worst chores, make her sleep in a very dirty room up in an attic, and even give her the name “Cinderella” because they say she is always playing in the cinders of the fire. Cinderella is different though because despite being mistreated, she is still very nice and warmhearted. She represents how you should act in a world full of hate. If you are nice to everyone despite their rudeness and hate you will be rewarded in the end. Since Cinderella was so nice to her step sisters throughout her whole life, when she wanted to go to the ball her fairy godmother granted her wish. Cinderella got to go to the ball and looked absolutely beautiful, beautiful enough to catch the attention of the prince. While at the ball she was still very nice to her stepsisters, giving them food and telling them how nice they looked. When the stepsisters got home from the ball that night, they explain how lovely the mysterious princess was and how they thought she was so beautiful, not knowing that the mysterious princess was Cinderella. Cinderella played it off like she knew nothing of the princess but agreed with them that she must have been very beautiful. The next day came around and the stepsisters returned to the ball the
Anthropological study can explain how the characters’ values and learning of rules are dramatically affected by their cultural background. In the story, after Cinderella’s mother died, she ‘remained pious and good’ (Grimm, 1812). She visited her grave every day and wept, showing her sense of responsibility and unwillingness to neglect loved ones. She also demonstrated a sense of respect for her family, complying to become a maid without arguing. Also, knowing their financial position, she only asked for a twig when her father went to the fair. Through these personality traits, it is evident that she has been raised with enforced rules and good values. Cinderella’s step sisters, on the other hand, were mean and unkind. They were ‘beautiful, with fair faces, but evil dark hands’ (Grimm, 1812). They laughed at the way Cinderella was dressed, and deliberately threw peas into the ashes to give her an additional chore. They were also very greedy and asked their stepfather to buy them jewels and dresses when he went to the fair. Through the step sisters’ behaviour, it is evident that they have been raised with the wrong rules and values, showing disrespec...