In the year 1812, Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm, better known today as “The Brothers Grimm” wrote a story about a young girl whose mother dies and is then tormented by her new step-mother and step-sisters. They enslave her in her own home by forcing her to do all the chores and to sleep amongst the ashes. The young girl endured this torment each and every day because her dying mother said to her “Dear child, be good and pious and then God will always protect thee.” (Grimm, 1812)
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
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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...
Today, adults reading Charles Perrault’s Cinderella realize similarities and differences between Cinderella and a modern western woman. Adults recognize that Cinderella in Perrault’s fairy tale has undesirable qualities for a modern western woman, today. Cinderella is affectionate, goodwill, forgiving, and loyal. On the other hand, Cinderella is not independent, outspoken, confident, and strong. Cinderella has low self esteem and is incapable of solving problems. Inferiority, dependence and passiveness are characteristics that represent Cinderella do not characterize a modern western woman.
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
For the first course objective, throughout different lessons in the course, I learned that not all cultures are the same or have the same values. In older European countries when Grimm’s brothers collected and told stories, the society was patriarchal which is reflected in the fairy tales as well. The girls are passive, damsels in distress, who are unable to save themselves but instead they need to wait for the man to help them. Nevertheless, in different tales like Tatterhood which was created at a later time, women have been given more power and they are active. Furthermore, another major difference between different cultures (American vs. Jewish, Mexican, African, Islamic) is the endings. The American stories, along with the other fairy tales always have a happy ending, while the Islamic stories and the Jewish stories differ from that in the sense that they do not have “happy ending.” Native American fairy tales along with Aboriginal fairy tales were unique stories that delineated cultures that not everyone has had exposure to. Each of these cultures was similar in the sense that they focused on nature loving...
At first glance, what makes a fairy tale a fairy tale may seem obvious—some kind of magic, hidden symbols, repetition, and of course it’s evident it’s fiction—but fables are more than that. As Arthur Schelesinger puts it, it’s about “[expanding] imagination” and gaining understanding of mysterious places (618). While doing this, it also helps children to escape this world, yet teach a lesson that the reader may not be conscious of. A wonderful story that achieves all of this is Cinderella, but not the traditional tale many American’s have heard. Oochigeaskw, or The Rough-Faced Girl, and Ashputtle would be fitting for a seven-year-old because they get the gears of the mind turning, allowing for an escape on the surface, with an underlying enlightenment for children of the ways of the world.
Thinking back to our childhood, we all remember hearing many kinds of fairy tales. Some of them inspired us others confused us, and most of them taught us valuable lessons. Through out centuries tales and stories have been used as a valuable tool to pass on our culture to new generations. There is a strong belief that these fairy tales mirror and influence society. All cultures interpret tales in their own unique way. They add and subtract various aspects of the tale to fit the needs of their particular society. The same tale in the United States is different from the tale told in Asia. A good example of tale evolution can be seen in one of the most famous tales ever told which is “Cinderella”. As a professor of women’s history Karol Kelley points out in her essay Pretty Woman: A Modern Cinderella “There are some 700 versions of Cinderella”.This fairy tale as many others has been changing for many years, and in recent years Cinderella has come under some criticism for its depiction of women’s roles in society.
Cinderella is certainly a young woman who is portrayed as an individual who is “down on her luck”, but moves beyond her obstacles and overcomes her unfortunate situation. In reflecting upon the stereotypes of the present time, there are numerous instances in which the “Cinderella Syndrome” can be seen. The “Cinderella Syndrome” is often referred to as Over Functioning Syndrome (Meshar, 2012, p.1). This kind of behavior can be seen in abused women (Meshar, 2012, p.1). Often people with an outside perspective, wonder why she would not simply leave him (Meshar, 2012, p.1). If she could take care of herself and her abusive partner, then she could certainly live on her own (Meshar, 2012, p.1). This behavior can often persist “as a holdover from a childhood where you are