I think most everyone knows the story of Cinderella, made famous by Walt Disney after making its big debut on screen in 1950; the movie was so popular that it was again released five times within a thirty-seven year span. In 1970, Anne Sexton wrote her own version of Cinderella. In this work of art, she speaks of how a `Cinderella' lives in every day life, whether it is the plumber who wins the lottery, or the milkman turned real estate agent. She then proceeds to tell her version of the Cinderella story, a little morbid, but after reading her biography, quite understandable.
Anne Sexton was a model until 1953 when she gave birth to a daughter and began to suffer from postpartum depression. She experienced numerous mental breakdowns and attempted suicide once on her birthday, following the birth of her second daughter, in 1955. Her doctor encouraged her to pursue her past goal of becoming a poet. It is said that poetry was the only thing that kept her alive as long as she did. In 1974, four years after Cinderella was published, she committed suicide. Today, Anne Sexton, along with fellow poets Sylvia Plath and Robert Lowell, is known as a `confessional poet'. It is said that she is included in that group because she "offers the reader an intimate view of the emotional anguish that characterized her life" (Poets.org).
Cinderella is the fairy tale of the neglected stepdaughter/sister having her much needed, and much deserved night of elegance, which turns into a love story. Picture this; the Royal Ball is approaching, it's your one opportunity to impress the Prince in hopes that the two of you will fall in love, but one thing remains standing in your way of that chance. None other than your two wicked ste...
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... try the shoe on and because she knew it wouldn't fit, she slicked off her big toe and put on the slipper. The prince took her away with him until he realized the "blood pouring forth" (Kirzner, 855). The second sister cut off her heel so that she could fit her foot into the shoe, but again, the blood gave her away. She now characterizes the prince saying how he began to feel like a shoe salesman. He gave it one last try, of course, and "Cinderella fit into the shoe like a love letter into its envelope" (Kirzner 856). Apparently, they eventually got married, while at the wedding, the dove poked out the eyes of the evil stepsisters, and "two hollow spots were left like soup spoons" (Kirzner 856). Now, as every fairy tale ends, Cinderella and the prince live happily ever after. She elaborates on what made them happy, with very modern, and silly, yet sweet comments.
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