Cinderella is the story of a girl whose stepmother does not treat her well. Cinderella goes to a ball, with no help from her evil stepmother, and meets her prince charming. Cinderella and her true love get separated from each other and the only way for the prince to find Cinderella was from a single shoe that Cinderella left behind. “Cinderella” by the Brothers Grimm and "Cinderella" by Charles Perrault have many similarities as well as many differences. Cinderella’s sisters in the stories were similar, but their lives played out different.
Cinderella differs from other princesses in any other fairy tale. She can be portrayed as a heroine in the eyes of the young, as well as the old, which is what makes her such a great and unique character. Cinderella overcomes numerous barriers, never accepting defeat and is kind to all, even those who do not reciprocate her goodness. She deals with her evil stepmother and stepsisters in the best behaviour, and in the end, she is able to obtain what she had worked so hard to achieve. For all these reasons little girls as well as grown women alike can relate to Cinderella in their hardships and can draw power and trust in their own selves from her inspirational tale.
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.
This paper reflects on the importance of forests to the Grimms and their fairy tales. While all of my findings are as yet preliminary, they show distinctly that the forest is the predominant agent for change in Grimms’ fairy tales. This paper will begin with the forest in today’s fairy tale, trace this usage of the forest back to Grimms’ tales and discuss why the forest might have been important to the Grimms’
While awaiting the return of the wife, the Witch dragged Jack who was sacrificed to the giantess. This means that Cinderella was lucky to escape the haunting sacrifice to the giantess. Cinderella reflects characters are emotional and she stayed with the baker’s child and confronted the prince who has no time for her. Finally she exits with a lyrics, “I wish…” this means that she regrets the life before.
Times soon grew very bad for the poor stepchild.”(Grimm21). In this story, it is not only one evil mother figure but an entire family, the stepmother being just as cruel as the two stepsisters, she goes to ridiculous lengths to ensure that Cinderella cannot attend the ball. “However, because Cinderella kept asking, the stepmother finally said, "I have scattered a bowl of lentils into the ashes for you. If you can pick them out again in two hours, then you may go with us. "”(Grimm 23).
The narrator says this to further the idea that the character of Cinderella evolves during the entire tale. She begins being this beautiful girl to this bottom-feeder only bossed around by her own family. This is significant when the stepmother takes “her beautiful clothes away” and dresses Cinderella “in an old gray smock” with “wooden shoes” (Grimm 1). This change makes the character more vulnerable in which it can make the other characters push her around more. The taking away of beauty can also show the true colors of the other characters because it shows that they are insecure.
It is this element of hope in a true fairytale that creates the support for a protagonist to overcome the opposing force that has been thrust onto them. A genuine fairytale is said to have the element of, “A innocent character [placed against] the evil character who normally loses somehow,” (Gokturk) which is seen as Cinderella is chosen by the prince over the evil step-sisters at the ball. As human beings with a developed moral system, it has been seen that the more deserving, mistreated character is favored to succeed in the story. Cinderella is seen as this “underdog” character in her quest to find love with the prince and overcome her step-sisters’ mistreatment. As Cinderella is mistreated by her new family, sympathy is built for the emerging protagonist and hope of her to conquer her situation follows.
Cinderella knew that tearing down others would never bring her happiness. Instead she learned to understand, not judge, and to allow courage and forgiveness to prevail (Galley).” One of the negative messages is that “Step-children shouldn’t be treated like real members of the family. Cinderella was treated horrifically by her stepmother and step sisters simply because she wasn’t a blood relative. Another negative message is a fairy godmother will come and give you nice things. While the idea of a fairy godmother is great and all, life isn’t easy (D’Alusio).” Another negative message is that this movie focuses on a princess which is ideal for young girls but not so much for young boys.
Because of her stepmother’s envy of her natural beauty, she is sent away to be killed after her father died. Her purity prevails on the huntsman, and he disobeys the stepmother’s order. Cinderella finds the seven dwarfs who let her stay with them, but with scheming and witchcraft, her stepmom seduces her to bite a poisonous apple. Afterward, she falls to the ground seemingly dead. In the end, a prince awakens her with a kiss, adores her very much and marries her.