As Cinderella progresses in the story her good nature does justify itself as she is the one that has a magical godmother that helps her woo the prince allowing her not jus... ... middle of paper ... ... He related to them with them by showing that even the most pure person imaginable does not get along with her sister. Cinderella did get over the past and embraced new beginnings with her sisters by her side. Perrault implemented the idea that sibling rivalry exists and if somebody as innocent as Cinderella can forgive everything her sisters did to her, so can everybody else. In reality it is hard to embrace forgiveness, but family should always be there for a person.
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.
In her article, Panttaja discusses how Cinderella succeeds against all odds. Panttaja states, “Cinderella succeeds not because she is more patient or virtuous than her stepfamily but because she is craftier, willing to employ powerful magic to defeat the forces arrayed against her.” In the Grimms’ version, on Cinderella’s mother's’ deathbed, she gives advice and says, “ Dear child, be good and pious. Then the dear Lord shall always assist you, and I shall look down from heaven and take care of you.” This already seems like a very doubtful promise, although it is good advice. The mother/daughter theme of Cinderella stories are a key part of the storyline, but at every turn, the mother is there with her magical power, waiting. Cinderella’s loyalty to her mother does not fade, but her mother's magical influence has been an ever so growing part of her life.
As children, most of our life lessons are acquired through the simplicity of fairy tales. Subliminal messages taught us to always believe in true love and in the eternal victory of good over evil. This is the case in the Brothers Grimm’s “Cinderella”, a popular fairy tale embodying a classic folk tale myth-element of unjust oppression followed by triumphant reward, where true love conquers all and eventually sets the world right. Cinderella is a fallen princess who finally meets with tough reality, bearing headstrong grit and perseverance. She proves that by entrusting one’s self and instincts, one can then achieve anything they put their minds to.
Cinderella overcomes her villains, which gives many young girls this inspiration to not be afraid of their hardships and conquer just like Cinderella does. Even as adults, the journey is just as challenging as Cinderella’s is. Adults can take the numerous lessons that Cinderella displays and apply it to their life. In fact, adults could also read Cinderella and ask themselves, are they a Cinderella or a mean step sister in their life. Tom Kisken has a follow up with a woman who has just read the original Cinderella as an adult.
That being said makes it no surprise that Disney constantly gets an anti-feminist label on all of their creations. The theme of the princesses’ perfect appearance being necessary to get them the prince often reoccurs. This idea is also backed up by Kathi Maio who states, “The movie says if a young woman is pretty and sweet-natured, she can change an abusive man into a kind and gentle man. In other words it is a woman’s fault if her man abuses her” (Disney’s Dolls).... ... middle of paper ... ...n by naming the title of the movie after the main female protagonists. Just look at the Little Mermaid, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and even Beauty and the Beast.
Mrs. Reed and her children mistreat Jane as the wicked stepmother and stepsisters do in the fairy tale. The personalities of these characters are almost parallel. One of Cinderella’s stepsisters is self-indulgent, another is strict and demanding, these match up with Georgiana and Eliza in the book. Even though the characters are similar in Jane’s early life to those of Cinderella, she responds to them quite differently. While Cinderella is very obedient, Jane is rebellious.
The idea that wanting to be all that is “Princess” can lead to false expectations, equates to what Orenstein says is a “preoccupation with body and beauty” and what Twenge said will lead to narcissism and entitlement (327). Think of girls who suffer from anorexia in an effort to be what they see up on the billboards. However, it is always easier to find blame with outside sources like Disney than to focus within, although, there are extenuating circumstances to every example. If mom finds that her little girl needs the “Cinderella” accessories to fix low self-worth problems, then the problem probably stems from issues within her peer group or her home life. If this is so, how can a person decide which is a cause and which is an effect?
Damsels in Address It is clearly evident that many fairy tales of childhood tend to shape the reader. Certain moral codes and ideals are tightly woven into the text of many fairy tales, promoting or denoting a character’s actions. In the Grimm’s fairy tales Cinderella, Brier Rose, and Rapunzel, the heroines of these tales exhibit strong behavioral codes, thus providing opportunity for the young female reader to relate to the damsel, or to model herself to behave in a similar fashion. In accordance with Marcia R. Lieberman’s essay, " ‘Some Day My Prince Will Come’: Female Acculturation Through the Fairy Tale," I agree with the assertion that positive traits in fairy tale indicate reward, while the negative characteristics bring misfortune. A heroine in a fairy tale is to be seen as a mentor, a model to easily portray what is right, and what is inherently wrong.
Cinderella and Feminism written by Kheyfet is a criticism to traditional Cinderella’s story. It points out many thinking that I have never thought about. In Kheyfet’s opinion, Cinderella sets an improper model for little girls. It is a tool used by men to stipulate a female gender. Male chauvinism is hidden behind the story and is successfully impressed to little girl who can’t think critically.