If they were not envious of their step-sister, they would not prohibit her from going to the ball. The patience of the kind hearted girl pays off as she endured pain from losing her mother to death and father to stepmother. Humiliation of becoming the mistreated servant is her reward all the while she does it with a smile happy to oblige towards all their requests. Hence, innocence is also selflessness. 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 ... ...
In "Cinderella" by Charles Perrault, the story depicts an imaginative fairytale through the hardships of a mistreated daughter and the magic of a fairy; in essence, Cinderella demonstrates that focusing on materialism is more important and more effective other than working up the path to majesty. Cinderella is a character who is often mistreated by her stepmother and god sisters. Bearing unsuitable personalities, they treat her harshly, leaving all of the chores to her. However, she admits that her tattered clothes are not worthy of a formal event, and continues to be belittled by her stepsisters. Portrayed with low self-esteem and insecurity, she does not respond harshly to their cruel insults.
Although Rose believes that she has "no hope," inside she has a nengkan as powerful as her mothers, which makes her wish her marriage would last, just as her mother wishes Bing would still be alive. Overall, each mother in The Joy Luck Club went through something emotionally exhausting and saddening in her life. The mothers use their experiences to try to direct the course of their daughters' lives, to make them simpler and more carefree. Initially, however, the daughters only see that their mothers want to make decisions for them, not to help them. Ultimately, the daughters realize their mothers' intentions, but not all accept them.
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?
According to Galley, “Cinderella is a woman who has suffered immensely and has the courage to stand up for what she believes. Her values of forgiveness and kindness will not be swayed even in bad times. She embraces high standards even while imprisoned. She was an outcast to her sisters and still found it in her soul to understand the bigger picture of life. Cinderella knew that tearing down others would never bring her happiness.
Jing Mei cannot begin to understand what an ideal mother is, because of the complexity of humans. Is a perfect mother someone who is overworked and thus absent or someone overbearing and a perfectionist or easily persuaded and thus unfair? In the stories: Two Kinds by Amy Tan, I Stand Here Ironing by Tillie Olsen, and Everyday Use by Alice Walker, the notion of reconciliation between mothers and daughters is explored. Forgiveness made through both daughters and mothers being able to understand and accept the reasoning behind a mother’s actions, which, as young girls, the daughters unfortunately misunderstood. In the story Two Kinds by Amy Tan, Jing Mei’s mother’s obsession with making Jing Mei a prodigy is the cause of destruction in their relationship but, once Jing Mei begins to understand her mother’s reasoning, the enabler for their reconciliation.
Both Cinderella and Connie have to deal with a family who does not full appreciate them or give them any of the support they need. Cinderella is made to think that her sisters are much better than she is and much prettier than she is as well (Kozikowski). She is made to do chores and labor to make her less beautiful and desirable to others. Connie’s situation, although not as bad as Cinderella’s, is one of constant comparison and judgment. She too had to live with the constant reminder that her mother feels like her sister is better than her in every possible aspect.
Jocelyn like Lady Russell exerts a controlling nature as well to help promote the wellbeing of her best friend Sylvia. Overtime Sylvia’s happiness hits an all-time low and Jocelyn determines herself to help Sylvia get back on track. Although despite the best efforts from both ladies to keep in control of the situations facing the protagonists, both find that they cannot control fate. Persuasion's Lady Russell is a controlling parent to Anne Elliot. Following the death of Anne's mother, Lady Russell a dear friend to the mother took over as Anne's parent figure.
Through an elaborate charade of humiliating behavior, Petruchio humbles her and by the end of the play, she will instruct other women on the nature of being a good and dutiful wife. In direct contrast to Shrew, is Twelfth Night, whose main female protagonist is by far the strongest character in the play. The main character Viola, has been stranded in a foreign land and adopts the identity of her brother so that she might live independently without a husband or guardian. She serves as a courtier to a young, lovesick nobleman named Orsino. Throughout the play she plays as a go-between for him to the woman he loves.
Although traditional motherhood is generally depicted as a loving and selfless experience in which a mother guides her daughter through life, Tillie Olsen suggests that conventional motherhood shames women for not living up to its unrealistic expectations and it is a method to suppress women. The patriarchy misrepresents traditional motherhood as a loving and selfless experience in which a mother adores her child unconditionally and teaches her daughter important values. The story begins with a phone conversation between the mother and another character, possibly a counselor, social worker or teacher of her daughter. The teacher or counselor talks on the phone with the mother and assumes that “because [she is] her mother [she has] the key” to her daughter and can understand her completely (Olsen 292). This excerpt demonstrates the unrealistic expectations for mothers that the patriarchy has instilled throughout society.