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.
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.
However, in the Brothers Grimm version, not once does the queen ever doubt or question herself; she solely relies on the wisdom of the magic mirror. When it tells her, “...Snow White is a thousand times more fair than you!” she panics, “When the Queen heard these words, she trembled and turned green with envy” but she only considers her beauty to have been surpassed by Snow White, not diminished in its own right (Grimm 96). In Sexton’s version, however, the realization that Snow White is more beautiful triggers a sort of self-deprecation scene in hindsight of the reveal, “...now the queen saw brown spots on her hand and four whiskers over her lip” (Sexton 103). This difference in reaction could be due to the different ages of Snow White in the two retellings. In the Brothers Grimm version, she is still a child, only seven years old, whereas in Sexton’s she is thirteen, a young adult and arguably more sexually mature.
Snow White is a representation of fake beauty because she is just another young princess with red lips, black hair, white skin, skinny body, and a beautiful face. This is a great example that exhibits how a women should typically be, but that is not reality. Even the mirror describes her as the girl with “lips red as the rose, hair black as ebony, skin white as snow” (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937). Disney always uses the same type of characters. The same scenario repeats itself constantly: a young lady who is or becomes a princess waiting for her dream man to rescue her and marry her.
In Perrault’s “Cinderella,” Cinderella showed the stepsisters “a thousand civilities,” even after they were cruel to her (Perrault 239). Then after the two stepsisters tried to falsely claim Cinderella’s slipper, she showed that she forgave them by marring “them to two great lords of the Court” (Perrault 240). Cinderella showed how to forgive even though her two stepsisters were cruel to her, which is a lesson that every young reader should learn. This is one of the reasons that this version of “Cinderella” is the most
She is granted this wish, but dies as soon as her fine-looking daughter was born. The kind remarries a handsome but wickedly prideful woman with a magic mirror which she regularly asks, “Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” The mirror answers that she, the queen, is the most beautiful until Snow White grows into a strikingly beautiful young woman. Then the mirror begins to answer that Snow White is a thousand times more beautiful than the queen. Unable to stand being second in beauty to anyone, the queen tells a woodsman to take Snow White to the woods and kill her. He has pity, however, and lets Snow Whi... ... middle of paper ... ...y unhappy consequences in real life.
If Cinderella were to act like the perfect housewife, she’ll have a chance at being royalty. Her mother, although dead, strives to do anything she can for Cinderella to win the battle. As Panttaja mentions, “ Cinderella’s triumph at the ball has less to do with her innate goodness and more to do with her loyalty to the dead mother and a string of subversive acts: she disobeys the stepmother, enlists forbidden helpers, uses magic powers, lies, hides, dissembles, disguises herself, and evades pursuit.” This is surely not being good or pious. In the end, Cinderella’s mother has formed Cinderella into a bad person just to marry the prince. The prince claims to not want to marry someone he does not love, but was it truly love between him and Cinderella?
Also how these stories resemble each other and how the roles of each character are similar. As usual we all know the story, or do we? The Disney classic focuses on a lovely young woman, the death of her mother, her father remarries then passes himself, and her step mother being a vicious woman with two less than pleasant daughters who then treat the young woman as a slave in her own house. The ending to this fairytale is a fairy godmother, a glass slipper and a prince and alway a happy
Moving on, in every classic disney film, if the villain is a female; it is common and somewhat expected to picture her as extremely hideous and seek to be gorgeous. This was clearly seen in Little Mermaid. Ursula, the movie's main vill... ... middle of paper ... ... portrayed to be ugly and seek to beauty. Lastly, every princess in disney films are portrayed to need saving. In the film Cinderella, this is also the case.
Leichty mentions in her article, “In Defense of Princess Culture”, the love her daughter has with the princess phenomenon and later expresses her opinion on that subject (Leichty 471). The concept of young ladies idolizing a Disney Princess has been met with great reservations from many, but Leichty states, “WHAT’S SO AWFUL ABOUT THAT?” (Leichty 472). Positive attributes for a Disney Princess and their favorite movie line provide families with nights of conversation with a superior family oriented topic on the screen. A Disney Princess will provide families a sense of morality, considering the immoral items that can be viewed on many movie screens and television screens. The pure magic a Disney Princess can provide is an uplifting, enjoyable and exciting moment for all through their popular movie line or even catching a glimpse of the very popular Disney theme park.