Hard Work's Prize Essay

Hard Work's Prize Essay

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The story of Cinderella corresponds to college life. Both Charles Perrault’s “Cendrillon” and the Vietnamese “Tam and Cam” have their main character working hard night and day; although their work pays off in the end. Likewise, college students also endeavor to meekly get a good grade. To college students, it seems like they are getting nowhere with their life; but they are really preparing themselves to have potential in the face of the prince, which resembles a good future. Following Cinderella’s life model will lead to hard work’s ultimate prize, which is the prosperous future that college life promises.
In the second paragraph of the Vietnamese Cinderella story “Tam and Cam” reads a passage that brings up an element that is important in all Cinderella stories, which is Tam’s obedience and submissiveness “Her stepmother was most severe and treated the girl harshly. Tam had to labor all day and long into the night” (Tam and Cam 216). Just like in this passage, school authorities also assign students with loads of work. For example, most people who strive for good grades have found themselves working all day long and into the night, just like Tam did in her story.
Near the beginning of Charles Perrault’s “Cendrillon”, he stated, “She employed her in the meanest work of the house” (Perrault 209), referring “She” to Cinderella’s stepmother and “her” to Cinderella. This part of Charles Perrault’s story is almost the same as the beginning of the story “Tam and Cam”. Both Cinderella and Tam’s step-mothers put them hard to work and it seemed like the work was never going to end. It would make both Cinderella and Tam wonder if the work will ever pay off.
However, for both Cinderella and Tam, as well as for many college students, ha...


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...lves, will lead college students to the thriving future that the college program guarantees. College students work night and day to keep up on school assignments just like Cinderella rigorously works to keep up on housework; and their homework will pay off just like Cinderella’s and Tam’s did. The college students who succeed in life are those who work hard and present themselves well.



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Perrault, Charles. "Cendrillon." The Blue Fairy Book (1889). Rpt. in Dreams and Inward Journeys. By Marjorie Ford and Jon Ford. 7th ed. Pearson Education, 2004. 208-13. Print.
"Tam and Cam." Vietnamese Folktales (1993). Rpt. in Dreams and Inward Journeys. By Marjorie Ford and Jon Ford. 7th ed. Pearson Education, 2004. 216-22. Print.
"Buddha." Def. 3. Dictionary.reference.com. Web. 13 Feb. 2011.
"Fairy Godmother." Def. 2. Dictionary.reference.com. Web. 13 Feb. 2011.

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