“Cinderella” is a childhood fairytale that we all love and admire. It tells the story of tragedy, love, and a happily ever after. If you were to ask a child what “Cinderella” was about they would most likely tell you about Disney’s version of true love and happiness. The original fairytale was told as a poem, written by Anne Sexton. In contrast to Disney, Anne Sexton puts a twist on this classic story and turns it into a dark tragedy.
As Cinderella progresses in the story her good nature does justify itself as she is the one that has a magical godmother that helps her woo the prince allowing her not jus... ... middle of paper ... ... He related to them with them by showing that even the most pure person imaginable does not get along with her sister. Cinderella did get over the past and embraced new beginnings with her sisters by her side. Perrault implemented the idea that sibling rivalry exists and if somebody as innocent as Cinderella can forgive everything her sisters did to her, so can everybody else. In reality it is hard to embrace forgiveness, but family should always be there for a person.
“Beauty and Splendor”: The Ascribed Role of Princesses in Fairy Tales Fairy tales have long been known as stories told to entertain children. Throughout the years, these stories have been passed along from one generation to the next as a method of teaching historical and moral lessons. However, we often do not give adequate attention to the stereotypes created with the common motifs in these tales. More often than not, fairy tales are based upon royalty and young women in fairy tales are obligated to become the ascribed role of princess. It is known that because of precedence,princesses must be adored and this is simply because of their outstanding appearance.
As children, most of our life lessons are acquired through the simplicity of fairy tales. Subliminal messages taught us to always believe in true love and in the eternal victory of good over evil. This is the case in the Brothers Grimm’s “Cinderella”, a popular fairy tale embodying a classic folk tale myth-element of unjust oppression followed by triumphant reward, where true love conquers all and eventually sets the world right. Cinderella is a fallen princess who finally meets with tough reality, bearing headstrong grit and perseverance. She proves that by entrusting one’s self and instincts, one can then achieve anything they put their minds to.
Fairy Tales have been around for generations and generations. Our parents have told us these stories and we will eventually pass them down to ours. In this time of age the most common fairytales are Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and The Beast and many more. Children idolize their favorite character and pretend to be them by mimicking everything they do in the stories. The character’s behavior is what is viewed as appropriate in society.
The fairy queen falls in love with Bottom, even though Oberon’s intent was for Titania to fall back in love with him. As the reader can see, love is obvious to the plot line, however most of the love we are talking about is love fro a spell, not true love. This makes magic the biggest theme of the story. Another large symbol is the play the Athenian craftsmen give to the four main characters and Hermia’s parents. Theseus and Hippolyta, the play, describes a young couple very in control.
Having an oppressed protagonist be met with good fortune is something that is universally relatable to many audiences. For example, in Russian folklore, the Afanas’ev tale entitled Valissa the Beautiful fits into the Cinderella genre. In the tale, a young girl is given a doll by her dying mother. With directions to feed it, the doll aids Valissa into doing her countless chores. Although not a fairy god mother with wings, Valissa is aided by a magical being in order to surpass the obstacles given by her step mother and siblings.
In his short story “Sleeping Beauty”, Walt Disney uses archetypes and symbols to demonstrate the expectations in modern society and the happy ending that many people today strive after. In “Sleeping Beauty” almost every character represents an archetype. The Queen represents a loving mother because she tried her hardest to protect her daughter from the curse, believing that if she did this, her daughter could escape it. She had only the best intentions for her daughter, however she could not avoid the inevitable. And when the Princess did prick her finger, the Queen was “so heart-broken that she died.” The Witch, whom the Queen forgot to invite to the birth, easily corresponds to the evil villain archetype.
Like many great love stories before, Ever After: A Cinderella Story, has plenty of conflict between good and evil, right and wrong, and the charming versus the wicked. These conflicts are portrayed through the correlation between each character, and the relationship between the protagonists and the antagonists. The Protagonists Grand Dame Grand Dame is the narrator who is setting the record straight. She is also the Great-Great-Granddaughter of Danielle/Cinderella. While the Brothers Grimm has their version of the Cinderella story, the Grand Dame knows the truth.
Like a fairy tale Lochinvar saves his bride from a miserable life just like a fairy tale. 'For laggard in love, and a dastard in war; Was to wed the fair Ellen of brave Lochinvar.' Here Lochinvar's bride has to marry someone she doesn't love as it so often is the plot of a fairy tale. The poem is made pleasurable because it tells a lively and romantic story. 'He staid not for brake , and he stopp'd not for stone."