Overcoming Women’s Oppression in Brothers Grimm’s “Cinderella”
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In fairy tales, morals are conveyed in order for the reader to understand what the author is trying to explain. This idea is seen through Brothers Grimm’s, fairy tale, “Cinderella.” Brothers Grimm implements characters that help the reader conclude the moral of the story. “Cinderella’s” moral is that you have work for what you want and you always have a choice. The fairy tale explains this thoroughly through the characters: Cinderella, Stepmother, Stepsisters, Prince, and Father. Each character has its own distinct role in the story. The main character, Cinderella, helps the reader learn the moral that you have to work for what you want because she is being forced to work by her stepsisters and stepmother. She is being forced since her stepmother and stepsisters feel superior to Cinderella. By working under unfair conditions, she then makes an effort to do what she wants, makes a choice and goes to the ball after being told that she is not worthy. Cinderella’s unfair condition is seen as oppression and she is being abused by the Prince, her father, stepmother, and stepsisters. Cinderella’s father does know that his new wife and her children are treating her poorly; however, does not help his daughter, which shows another example of men mistreating women. The Prince also exploited her when he does not even know her but thinks she will be the ideal bride. Cinderella was oppressed in this fairy tale and women need to realize they have a choice in everything they do.
Albert Einstein once said, “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales” (GoodRead Quotes). Each fairytale teaches morals and verses while enriching children’s minds with imagination and vocabulary and better reading skills. Cinderella teaches forgiveness even after she marries the prince. She invites her