Forgiveness teaches young readers to forgive and apologize for mistakes. This is an invaluable lesson for children to learn in order for them to become successful adults. It is this reason that forgiveness is one of the most important plot elements in “Cinderella” stories. The first source demonstrates this with precision. In Perrault’s “Cinderella,” Cinderella showed the stepsisters “a thousand civilities,” even after they were cruel to her (Perrault 239).
This is more evidence of the independence people in the 21st century encourage in both women and men. Walt Disney's Cinderella and Andy Tennant's Ever After are both based on the original Cinderella stories. However, because both of them were released in very different times, many differences mark the two versions, though they keep many of the key elements that appeal to such a wide audience over the centuries. In both stories, Cinderella is a beautiful, young lady with a kind heart. Ever After, however, adds intelligence and courage to these qualities.
It seems that other people’s view of the princesses changed as the girls switched between social classes. The girls worked hard through the rough life of a maid and ridicule but at the end achieved the true “happily ever after” life. Even after a horrible life, the girls were still graceful, beautiful and fair. In any adaptations you may read, they will always have an emphasis on appearances. The reason why these tales focus so much on appearance is because it correlates beauty with goodness and ugliness to evil.
As women fight for and achieve what they want out of life, the female protagonists in the Disney fairy tales mirror that action. As a result, the female protagonists’ behavior serves a different purpose in these later fairy tale films. The behavioral shifts serve to “endow us with the power to reconstruct our lives” (Tartar xii). They are “fictional stories that provide a truth applicable in the real world as a moral” by embracing the growing importance of equality for women found in modern American (Zipes, “The Cultural Evolution of Storytelling 10). This shift can first be seen in The Little Mermaid.
“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.
Cinderella differs from other princesses in any other fairy tale. She can be portrayed as a heroine in the eyes of the young, as well as the old, which is what makes her such a great and unique character. Cinderella overcomes numerous barriers, never accepting defeat and is kind to all, even those who do not reciprocate her goodness. She deals with her evil stepmother and stepsisters in the best behaviour, and in the end, she is able to obtain what she had worked so hard to achieve. For all these reasons little girls as well as grown women alike can relate to Cinderella in their hardships and can draw power and trust in their own selves from her inspirational tale.
Anne Sexton incorporates her thoughts on stereotypes and feminism into her poem and also puts fourth a style of writing that could be considered gruesome and dark. Disney, on the other hand, turns the dark fairytale into one that is full of magic and true love. When I think of “Cinderella,” my mind automatically thinks of the Disney interpretation. I grew up being read this and honestly never knew that there was an original one out there. After reading both versions of “Cinderella,” I can see the deeper meaning behind each.
The theme becomes very different as the end of the tale results in revenge on the step-sisters from Ashenputtle. This variation in the story line represents the setting in which the Grimm's either lived in themselves, or the living situation of the people who related this tale to the Grimm's. You can see from the tales themselves though, that the amount of similarities is what brings them together, and represents the way that the tale of Cinderella itself has traveled, and evolved, orally through generations, all over the world.
In her famous poem, “Cinderella, Ann Sexton mocks the happily ever after. “Cinderella and the prince lived, they say, happily ever after, like two dolls in a museum case that was never bothered by diapers or dust.” Today’s teenage girls have been brought up by women who read Sexton and her peers and who have taught their daughters that they can want it all, marriage, career, family. But can they have it all? I feel that ...
Publishers might unintentionally (or maybe intentionally) be publishing and reproducing media in which the message in these tales emphasize sexist values. The media for children is a powerful tool in which these children learn cultural values. Through fairy tales, “girls (and boys) are taught specific messages concerning the importance of women’s bodies and women’s attractiveness” (Baker-Sperry and Granerholz). Towards the end of the article it mentions the movie “Shrek.” While most children’s fairy tales represents a beautiful princess that fits the ideal of