“(Grimms 21). Instead, she takes her burdens as they come. Clare R. Ferrer noted in her article, “heroines are not allowed any defects, nor are they required to develop, since they are already perfect.” At the beginning of the story, Cinderella is described as “remaining pious and good” in-spite of the loss she endured. Cinderella is such a good person, that she takes the abuse from her step-sisters with grace and never asks for anything, nor does she reveal to her father or the Prince the type of life she has succumbed to living. Beauty goes hand-in-hand with being a good woman.
The whole plot of Cinderella revolves around her pure nature. The happy ending would not be as gratifying and deserved, causing much less resonation with the audience. Cinderella’s innocence clashes with her new family as they are selfish and devious. Unbeknownst to Cinderella, she is the envy of her two step sisters as they always want more and better. If they were not envious of their step-sister, they would not prohibit her from going to the ball.
Charlotte Bronte spins her own Cinderella tale through the text of Jane Eyre to reveal that the goodhearted girl who is kept down by society does in fact succeed in the end. Although Jane is held back by her family and society in general, her true virtue and goodness help her overcome her struggles and rise above... ... middle of paper ... .... She chooses to take the focus away from the importance of outer features and concentrate on the inner beauty and strength of her characters. This thematic element can be related to Beauty and the Beast. Charlotte Bronte definitely links her story with Cinderella in many ways. She chooses however to twist the ideas found in this tale and show that goodness and virtue can be rewarded without the aide of outer beauty or even fairy Godmothers.
Cinderella, in particular, was a prime example of this stereotype. Living with her neglectful stepmother and sisters, she was repressed from all of the daily activities her step family would partake in. She was regularly tormented and made to slave around; cleaning and cooking for her spoiled family members. She didn't have the self esteem to stick up for herself. All three of these princesses had secondary characters to care for them, to have a happy ending and "marry the prince".
The narrator says this to further the idea that the character of Cinderella evolves during the entire tale. She begins being this beautiful girl to this bottom-feeder only bossed around by her own family. This is significant when the stepmother takes “her beautiful clothes away” and dresses Cinderella “in an old gray smock” with “wooden shoes” (Grimm 1). This change makes the character more vulnerable in which it can make the other characters push her around more. The taking away of beauty can also show the true colors of the other characters because it shows that they are insecure.
If Cinderella were to act like the perfect housewife, she’ll have a chance at being royalty. Her mother, although dead, strives to do anything she can for Cinderella to win the battle. As Panttaja mentions, “ Cinderella’s triumph at the ball has less to do with her innate goodness and more to do with her loyalty to the dead mother and a string of subversive acts: she disobeys the stepmother, enlists forbidden helpers, uses magic powers, lies, hides, dissembles, disguises herself, and evades pursuit.” This is surely not being good or pious. In the end, Cinderella’s mother has formed Cinderella into a bad person just to marry the prince. The prince claims to not want to marry someone he does not love, but was it truly love between him and Cinderella?
Cinderella knew that tearing down others would never bring her happiness. Instead she learned to understand, not judge, and to allow courage and forgiveness to prevail (Galley).” One of the negative messages is that “Step-children shouldn’t be treated like real members of the family. Cinderella was treated horrifically by her stepmother and step sisters simply because she wasn’t a blood relative. Another negative message is a fairy godmother will come and give you nice things. While the idea of a fairy godmother is great and all, life isn’t easy (D’Alusio).” Another negative message is that this movie focuses on a princess which is ideal for young girls but not so much for young boys.
In this society, a girl cannot ask questions because such things are ‘“none of a girl’s business”’ (497). The main character’s mother complains that ‘“[it is] not like I had a girl in the family at all,”’ (495), simply because the girl would rather spend her time helping her father with his work than helping her mother with the, in her opinion, “endless, dreary and pecul... ... middle of paper ... ...related. By all accounts, Mary Wollstonecraft should consider the main character in “Barbie Doll” to be a near perfect woman; she has all of the characteristics that Wollstonecraft believes women should have. And yet she throws it all away for what – to be pretty? Piercy’s “Barbie Doll” is the poetic expression of Wollstonecraft’s eighteenth century woman, revealing just how little has changed in the pressures faced by women in almost two hundred years.
Her behaviors throughout the story allow her to be rewarded at the end, permitting her to live a happy life in a castle filled with clothes. Likewise, in the story, the step-mother was stated to be a woman who “…was never satisfied…” with anything the young maiden would do for her. She was shown to give the young maiden tasks only because she wanted to see how far she could push her step-daughter. Due to her behavior, the step-mother ended up with a... ... middle of paper ... ...d that the mother wasn’t, she fell down a trap door and died. Moreover, the use of wishes was shown as a way of wanting something to come true.
Nevertheless, Cinderella still deals with them with nothing but patience and virtue. She is always the better person and never stoops down to their level. ... ... middle of paper ... ...balls, knowing that her step sisters were literally dying to be in her shoes. By keeping to herself and trusting her instincts, Cinderella winds up marrying the Prince and living happily ever after. Cinderella differs from other princesses in any other fairy tale.