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...
Are you tired of Disney’s version of Cinderella? The one where Cinderella gets a happy ending, but the stepmother and stepsisters don’t receive punishment for all the bad things they did? Then I got some stories for you. “Ashenputtel”, “Yeh-Shen”, and “The Algonquin Cinderella” are all different versions of “Cinderella” from around the world, as well as “Interview”, a poem. In this essay I will be comparing and contrasting all three of these Cinderella like stories.
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...
Cinderella is the quintessential representative for stories that focus on the ideas of rags to riches; a chance that things will be alright, similar to the American Dream which was an ideology that was prominent at the time. It’s also a story that display good lessons about life such as how life isn’t always fair, and that even good people can fall under difficult circumstances, but despite this, good choices in those difficult conditions make the experience better later on. It helps to understand the concept of hope, especially to children that have a harder time grasping the visualization of the topic. Such visualization is shown through the characterization of the main protagonist Cinderella, and how she, despite being in such a desolate situation, had made hopes and dreams to escape the problems that she has by wishing.
...uch beauty, the maiden is chosen, married, and loved by the hero. This process leads not only to beauty by means of passivity, but also to security and happiness. Assertion equates not only with beauty, but ugliness and misfortune as well. Boys in turn develop a sense of responsibility and see themselves in the dominant role. In other words, they must save the day by getting the girl and then of course spreading wealth. For the young girls of the fairy tale audience to acknowledge that they must act out roles similar to the behavior of the heroines in the three tales under examination, thus guaranteeing eternal wealth and happiness. Boys will see the same roles played out and revert to the breadwinning hero role. Lessons portrayed throughout the story are epitomized by Marcia Lieberman to support the notion of love, success, and failure.
Did you know that there are more than 900 different versions of Cinderella? Well there are. In this paper I will only be talking about four, three stories and one poem. The three stories I’m talking about are called “Yeh-Shen”, “Ashenputtle”, and “The Algonquin Cinderella”. The poem is called “Interview”. All of these stories have their own twists and turns to make it their own unique version.
Some fairy tales are so iconic that they withstand the passing of time. One of those fairy tales is that of Cinderella. The rags to riches story that gives even the lowliest of paupers, hope that they may one day climb the social ladder. While the core message of the story has transcended time, over the years it has been adapted to address a variety of audiences. One of those renditions is Perrault’s Cinderella where the traditional idea of gender is conveyed and therefore associated with good/evil. This idea is challenged by a fellow 1600’s French author, L’heriter de Villandon’s, who’s version of Cinderella brings about a female protagonist who is also the heroine.
Cinderella is a classic fairy-tale, a rags to riches story about a kind hearted girl who suffers various hardships only to marry the prince of the kingdom and find her happily ever after. Like many fairy tales, the story of Cinderella establishes the ideologies of the real world and produces a viable metaphor included in the story. However, if the text is perceived in a feminist point of view, it can be seen that, in fact, the story represents much more. The story of Cinderella by Charles Perrault, when perceived in a feminist point of view suggest a deeper message through its attempts to clarify the relationships between man and women, and the daily life struggles one must face in a lifetime.
When I read the book, “Cinderella” by Walt Disney, as an adolescent kid, it was a magical escape into Cinderella’s world. I enjoyed every minute of it because she was enough to make me forget the troubles that went on at home. I knew she had it rough too, but at the very end she lived happily ever after, and i had hoped that part happened to anyone in despair. Her happily ever after gave my little soul hope that
Even with an extremely successful career, Sexton finds herself “isolated and afraid” as she abandons each member of her family and friends, leaving her to face the judgmental world all alone (Smelstor 3). Oftentimes, Sexton escapes the “pain of her life” with “frequent love affairs” in her “search of closeness and security” but fails at her attempt (Perez 29). As Sexton refuses the demands of society, much like the martyr, she faces her death “with dignity and deliberation” as she grabs a glass of vodka, “steps into her car, turns on the ignition… and awaits the end of her life” (Smelstor 3) Her death will not be in vain, as many women can benefit from Sexton’s artistic work, which gives “women the courage to think about their own lives honestly and courageously, much like the martyr in the final stanza (Johnson, “Works”