Have you ever heard of Disney’s Cinderella? Have you ever heard of Grimm’s Cinderella? There are many stories about Cinderella and her “Happily Ever After.” Many versions end the same way as the original story. But sometimes they don’t always end that way. Many writers have re-created versions of Cinderella. The differences and similarities between Disney’s Cinderella and Grimm’s Cinderella are pronounced, and they deserve thorough examination.
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...
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In conclusion Cinderella gets mistreated by people who you would think should have love and affection for her but find loves in the end. The two versions can be summarized this way: (1) Both talk about a beautiful young girl who was treated slave, deprived of going to a ball and found a way to get there, not knowing the love of her life would be there. (2)She faced a trial overcame it with happiness in the
This is the version of the story Walt Disney based his movie off of, majority of the stories line up though there are a few differences. In Perrault’s version, Cinderella’s father does not pass away like in Disney’s version. There are also a few differences in the animals the fairy godmother use her magic on for example Perrault’s version uses lizards to turn into footman. The ball in Perrault’s Cinderella was also held for two days rather than one. After finding out the glass slipper fit Cinderella at the end of the story the evil stepsisters ask for Cinderella’s forgiveness which she accepts and once again everyone lives happily ever after. Perrault’s moral of the story is that beauty is a treasure that will always be desired but graciousness is priceless and of even greater
In both of the Cinderella’s stories, cinderella was abused by her stepmother. Her stepmother is jealous of cinderella because she is beautiful. The stepmother have two daughter, but both of them are not as pretty as cinderella, so the step mother would be mad at cinderella for her beauty and mistreated because she is prettier. Cinderella had to go through some rough time with her stepmother. In both of the stories cinderella was mistreated. The step family made cinderella do all the work like cleaning, laundry, and making them breakfast. In both of the stories cinderella married the prince and lived happily ever after.
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...
Walt Disney’s Cinderella is adapted from the original fairy tale written in 1697 by Charles Perrault. There are some key differences between Walt Disney’s Cinderella and Charles Perrault’s Cinderella. In Charles Perrault’s tale, Cinderella’s father is not dead, but the father is controlled by the stepmother. Cinderella’s younger stepsister is much more polite than the older stepsister, who calls Cinderella Cinderwench. The king in Perrault’s tale hosts a two day Ball, which Cinderella attends with the help of the fairy godmother. During Cinderella’s preparation for the first night of the Ball, Cinderella helps the fairy godmother find a coachman when the fairy godmother could not find one. Cinderella’s glass slipper comes off on the second night of the ball. Similar to Walt Disney’s Cinderella, the prince in Perrault’s story announces to marry a woman whose foot will fit in the glass slipper. Unlike the Walt Disney’s tale, Cinderella is not locked up in the attic and the stepmother does not physically attempt to stop Cinderella from trying the slipper. Instead, the step sisters ridicule Cinderella when Cinderella suggests trying on the glass slipper. Cinderella wears the slipper and takes out the other slipper from a pocket which Cinderella puts on the other foot. Suddenly, the fairy godmother appears and transforms Cinderella’s ragged outfit to a magnificent gown. After the transformation, the step sisters recognize Cinderella as the unknown beautiful princess who attended the Ball and beg for forgiveness. Cinderella forgives the step sisters and marries the step sisters to the great lords of the castle. The prince marries Cinderella, however, Perrault does not mention about the prince and Cinderella living happily ever after.
At one time or another, the beautiful fairy tale Cinderella has been in nearly every child’s life at one time. Anne Sexton manages to put a twist in her version of Cinderella, born in 1928-1970. Sexton was well-known as an Outstanding Contemporary poet with a vivid style of writing in her literature. The irony way of word choices was used in this poem not holding back on the sarcasm, harshness, to dramatize the events in the story. The Cinderella fairy tale becomes a makeover of a beautiful poem to a dark, amusing version of the original poem. “I think poetry should be a shock to the senses, it should almost hurt” (Sexton, p. 250).
A lot of the fairy tale stories that we have seen as young adults and even as adults are original folk tale stories that have been modified and rewritten to accommodate our new cultures. Cinderella happens to be one of these stories that have been changed over the years. There are many different versions of Cinderella, an African Cinderella, a Hungarian Cinderella and even a Chinese version. All of the Cinderella’s are similar in plot, but the author dictates the story’s theme based on the people whom he is writing for which completely changes the story’s tone, mood and other elements. While Perrault's version stresses the values and materialistic worries of his middle-class audience, Grimm’s' focus is on the harsh realities of life associated with the peasant culture. Perrault’s and Grimm’s Cinderella’s have the same plot, but their writing style is different which completely modifies the tale.
Even though the time periods are very different (by 200 years) the formulas for their fairy tales seems to remain constant. Character development, which is very important in fairy tales is both well done and accurately portrays the living situation for a character in the time period of when it was written. Perrault's version seems to put Cinderella's family in a higher, well-off situation of the Grimm's because she is still abided to obey the rules that her dying mother had set for her. Something that you would see a women do in the late 1600's. Her higher class and the rules of her generation has set her to not have revenge on her step-sisters and helps them marry in the end, making a happy ending to the story for everyone. This also gives off the rules of the time to the young girls who would be listening or reading this story back then. They knew their place in society and tales like Perrault's reinforced it. The Grimm's version, titled Ashenputtle, has key elements in the story line that make it very different from Perrault's Cinderella. 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.
The speaker of “Cinderella” makes many assertions using different scenarios of what society now calls Cinderella stories. For example, the speaker first introduces the plumber who surpassed the confines of his economic
How the stepfamily treats Cinderella is echoed through each version; like a maid. In each version Cinderella is taken away from her room and forced to sleep in some absurd place. In the Grimm Brothers Version, Cinderella did not have a bed, “Instead she had to sleep by the hearth in the ashes”(Grimm 6). A hearth is the floor of a fireplace, which means Cinderella was forced to sleep on a floor next to a fireplace. In the Little Golden Book Version, “The Stepmother gave Ella a little room in the attic,”(Little Golden Book 4). This piece is just like the film version, where the Stepmother forces Cinderella to stay in a dark room in the attic, and forces her out of her own bedroom. Where Cinderella sleeps is an example of how the relationships between Cinderella and the stepfamily are all similar. Differences can be found in what they make her do to be able to go to the Prince’s ball. In the Grimm Brothers version, after they get news of the ball the Stepsisters force call Cinderella and tell her “‘Comb our hair for us. Brush our shoes and fasten our buckles. We are going to the festival at the kings castle’”(Grimm 16). In this version they force her to get them ready for the ball, which doesn’t happen in any of the other versions. The Stepmother’s reaction to Cinderella’s proposal of her going to the ball is also different in this version.
As many of us know, our world today is not short of sarcasm. Many times sarcasm can be funny but other times it can cause harm. But in Anne Sexton’s poem, she uses sarcasm to throw her audience back to actuality, even a midst a fairytale element. In Anne Sexton’s poem, Cinderella she uses sarcasm and a basis of the true tale to make what many would call a “mockery” of the original Grimm Tale. Sexton does not refer to the Grimm brothers in her poem, for she considers this re-telling her own creation, uniquely by using irony to her advantage. As an audience we can relate to how and why Sexton takes much from the original versions, but we find that her interpretation brings a different approach. Sexton felt the original versions held no light to reality, so she changed the shallow premise of the original Cinderella bringing all the unrealistic morals in the story to the surface. The author's style, tone, and language helps to convey her sarcastic approach and differentiate between gritty reality and the ideal of fairy tale endings.