Charles Perrault’s Griselda exemplifies what it means to be a submissive, obedient women and how these attributes are rewarded. The prince of the story has convinced himself that “all women [are] faithless and deceivers” and even women of the highest esteem were really a “cruel enemy whose unbroken ambition was to gain the mastery over whatever unhappy man might surrender to [them]” (Perrault). The prince is so convinced of this he will only marry “a young beauty without pride or vanity, obedient, with tried and proved patience and…without a ... ... middle of paper ... ...gets punished for her sins; because she broker her promise to Cinderella. Through these stories, children are taught that women are rewarded for their obedience and total submission to authority whether is be a human figure or a higher moral power. Bibliography Grimm, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.
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Portrayed with low self-esteem and insecurity, she does not respond harshly to their cruel insults. As a result, the main character relies on romanticizing her dream of going to the ball with the help of magic by her fairy godmother. In the beginning, Cinderella is represented as the maid of the entire home. Readers can identify her as the image of a young woman submissive to the will of her stepmother and stepsisters. She does not argue with them, but only obey, which causes her to appear weak.
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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.
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Nevertheless, their actions are not symbolic. While there is the occasional depiction of a wise woman, evil woman, servant woman, and of course, the runaway; there is little expression of womanhood as a heroine, a brave soul, a leader in the battle against evil and so on. The heroine of the Grimm’s is fully on her own, Snow White is on her own, almost all tales where there is a manly participation, the woman is left to the side on her own to handle her business and accommodate the business of men in her schedule. This is what makes her the heroine in the story, not her actions. The basis for national identity in Europe has always been one of ethnicity and not gender.
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