I will tell you kids a story of how your great-grandmother and great-grandfather met and fell in love. Once upon a time, a man whose wife was pleasant, kind, and with sawed legs had died. He decided to marry again. Unfortunately, he took a mean, nasty, and covered with hair, woman for his second wife. She had two ugly daughters, who were just like their mother in every way.
One was fat with a crooked nose and all she did, was carrying food. The other one was skinny with a long nose and all she did, was carrying makeup and trying on her beautiful dresses. The man had a daughter of his own, who was so good and kind that her stepmother and stepsisters hated her.
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They made her do all the cleaning and cooking and made her wait on them, hand and foot. In the early morning she used to go to the forest to collected barrios and to carry; cranberries, blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries home. Afterward, she used to go to the city market and carry back home apples, grapes, plums, oranges, apricot, cherries, watermelons, melons, peaches, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, radish, carets, onions, peppers, eggplant, lattes, cabbage, and garlic.
After the market, she used to go to the farm. From there she used to carry chickens, pork meat, weal meat, eggs, and milk. But she never complained even when she was so tired she could hardly stand up when all her work was done, she sometimes sat close to the fireplace near the cinders and so, her stepsisters called her Cinderella.
As it happened, the king s son held a ball and invited all the important people in the land. Cinderella s stepsisters and stepmother were invited, and Cinderella had to do even more work than usual. There were gowns to be made, and petticoats to be starched, and ruffles to be ironed. There were new dresses for each of the stepsisters to try on. All they talked about for days was the ball.
On the night of the ball, Cinderella did her best to help her stepsisters and stepmother to get ready, and all while they teased her. And what are you carrying to the ball, ups wearing, Cinderella? Then they laughed, for they knew that Cinderella had nothing but the rags on her back. At last, they left for the ball.
Cinderella was crying by the fireside when she heard a light tap at door. It was a beautiful woman. Why do you weep, my child? she asked. Before Cinderella could answer, the woman said, Ah, my dear I know why you are sad, for I am your fairy godmother! You wish to go to the ball and so you shall because you did an excellent job carrying the thinks you carry. But first, you must bring me a pumpkin. Cinderella carried the pumpkin all the way from the farm to her fairy godmother, and the fairy touched it with her magic wand.
At once, the pumpkin turned into a glittering coach! Now bring me six mice, she said. Cinderella carried the mice from the kitchen and brought them to her fairy godmother. With a touch of her magic wand, she turned the mice into six prancing horses. Next, she turned a rat into a handsome coachman. Finally, she told Cinderella to fetch six lizards from the garden. With a wave of the wand, the lizards became six handsome footmen. There! said the fairy godmother. You shall ride to the ball in style. Does that make you happy?
Oh yes! cried Cinderella. But what am I to wear? I could never go to a ball in rags like these. Her fairy godmother reached out with her magic wand, touched the ragged dress and a beautiful gown appeared in its place! Then she brought out a pair of tiny glass slippers, which were exactly the right size for Cinderella. As Cinderella climbed into the coach she promised to be home by 12 o clock. Or ells everything will disappear and she will agene be a virgin in rags.
When Cinderella arrived at the palace the prince fell in love. Never had he seen anyone so beautiful! As he led her into the ballroom, everyone turned and exclaimed: Oh!!! How lovely she is! Who can she be?
All night the prince danced with Cinderella. He hardly took his eyes off her. She was especially friendly to her stepsisters, who did not recognize her. Cinderella had a wonderful time at the ball. But she forgot all about the hour! Suddenly, the clock was striking midnight! Cinderella ran from the ballroom. She flew down the palace steps, and she lost one of her glass slippers
The prince, hurrying after her, but all he found was the glass slipper. Have you seen a beautiful princess running by? he asked the palace guards. Only a virgin servant girl in rags, they replied. The prince rushed to the palace gates, but all he saw was a pumpkin and some mice scurrying off into the night.
When her stepsisters returned from the ball, Cinderella pretended she had been sleeping. Oh, she yawned, its so late! It does not seem late to us, they bragged, For we were at the ball! We met the most beautiful princess, and she treated us like dear friends! Cinderella smiled secretly and asked for the name of the princess. How should we know? her stepsisters snapped. Even the prince does not know her name But at midnight, she hurried off. She even lost one of her glass slippers in her swiftness. You should have seen the prince! He simply stared at the slipper for the rest of the evening. It s plain to see that he s in love!
And indeed, it was true. For within a few days, the prince announced that he would marry the girl whose foot would fit into the glass slipper. Every princess in the land tried it on. So did all the ladies of the court. Then the king s army brought the slipper from door to door, trying it on every woman in the kingdom. The solders even fund wives for themself but could not find any lady with such small feet.
Soldiers carried stationery and pencils and pen, they carried safety pins, trip flares, signal flares, and spools of wire, razor blades, chewing tobacco (THE OXFORD BOOK OF AMERICAN SHORT STORIES THE THINGS THEY CARRIED). Finally, they came to the stepmother s house and they even tried to squeeze the ugly stepsisters big feet in! But it was no use.
At last, it was Cinderella s turn. Oh, how her stepsisters laughed. Cinderella? How ridiculous! She could never be a princess! Why its plain to see that the slipper will never fit her foot! Then Cinderella tried on the slipper. The glass slipper was exactly the right size for Cinderella, and her foot slipped in easily. Then she took the matching slipper from the pocket of her ragged dress.
As she put it on her other foot, her fairy godmother appeared. With a touch of the magic wand, the fairy turned Cinderella s rags into the most magnificent gown in the land! Cinderella s stepsisters fell at her feet and begged her to forgive them for being so mean. And Cinderella said, Of course, I forgive you.
She replied, that s why I won’t kill you but instead you’ll be a curse and from know on you ll be carrying the soldier’s ammunition in war. Then the soldiers carried Cinderella to the palace, where the prince was waiting. And that show your great-grandmothers and great-grandfather were married.
The “Cinderella Complex” which dates back to 1981 has not only outgrown its meaning but has left some women with the psychological effect that it still exists to put the blame elsewhere on their conditions in society. The year is now 1999 and the fairytale of Cinderella does not exist in reality, but many women still hold onto the hope of the fact that there might be a prince waiting to rescue them.
Whether it be of misfortune throughout their years or it might be that fact that they are relying on their external beauty or career to put them in a daze to believe that the fairytale will come true sometime. In the older days when this “Cinderella Complex” existed many women would stay home with their families as the husband worked and many even went to college to find their “prince charming” however it is now the 90’s and there isn’t designated sex that stays home or works.
The entire fairytale of Cinderella reflects back to the “Cinderella Complex” and why people back then relied on their external selves to get them through life. In Dowling’s movie version, “Ever After” she presents the Cinderella story in the same manner however there are a few changes. For example, there is one nice stepsister that relates to Danielle not only because of the way the stepmother treats her but she knows how it feels because her own mother is doing the same to her.
She meets the prince in the forest when she saves his life instead of the traditional stories of meeting the prince at the ball. I think that this gave more plot and details to the story. Even though this is relating to the fairytale of Cinderella it is a real-life experience. Which doesn’t include the help of the animal helpers instead it is the help of the peasants in the household that get her a dress and do her hair. The evil stepmother and stepsister create a lot of problems for Danielle telling the prince that she is engaged and left on a boat, making a fool of her at the ball, and sold her to an old nasty man.
Going back to the old version of locking her in the attic and creating many horrible chores for her exists in this version also. But in the end the of course she marries the prince, and the evil stepmother and stepdaughter get the treatment they deserve of being slaves themselves while the nice stepsister marries a king’s men.
The Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm version of Cinderella, “Ashputtle” begins in the same way as all the others the mother dies and leaves the beautiful girl with her father who marries evil women and has two daughters. The shuttle has a different character than the rest of the versions she is a piety character. She was known as Ashputtle because she always looked dirty in dusty from the ashes she had to sleep in. “At night, when she was tired out with work, she had no bed to sleep in but had to lie in the ashes by the hearth.”
A shuttle didn’t care about beauty as much of the other Cinderella versions did. For example, when her father asked her what she wanted from the fair she told him “break off the first branch that brushes against your hat on the way home, and bring it to me.” While the conceited stepdaughters wished for pearls and beautiful dresses a branch meant more to Ashputtle. When the time came to go to the ball Ashputtle helped the sisters to get ready and even begged to go to the ball too.
However, the evil stepmother refused unless Ashputtle could pick all the lentils out of the bowl in two hours then she could go. The shuttle did just that and the stepmother took her promise back and still didn’t let her go. Finally, the tree doves saved the day and they delivered all the gold and silver to Ashputtle from the mother’s spirit delivers her to the ball. When Ashputtle arrived there she danced with the prince all night and of course like most versions she dropped her slipper.
The prince had everyone in the kingdom try the slipper on and when it came to the stepsister’s turn they cut their heel and toes off to fit into the slipper. Not only did the prince find Ashputtle and make her his wife but also the stepsisters got punished for this by getting both their eyes poked out by the doves and became blind. This version had more violence in it then the other versions but still followed the same plot of the original version.
In the Perrault’s version of Cinderella, she is a beautiful, kind, passive, humble girl that takes all the hardship that the stepmother and stepdaughters with a pleasant attitude for example, “Anyone else would have done their hair in knots for them, but she had a sweet nature, and she finished it perfectly.” This version had the power of the fairy godmother that gave Cinderella a pumpkin for the carriage, turned the mice into horses, the lizards into footmen, rats into coachmen, and touched Cinderella with her wand to turn her dress into gold and silver cloth.
The fairy godmother did this because Cinderella was a good girl. Like most versions, she goes to the ball, dances with the prince, and when the clock strikes 12:00 she loses her shoe and the prince has every girl in the kingdom try it on. Cinderella didn’t try the slipper on in this version she pulled the other slipper out of her pocket and put it on her foot to prove that she was the owner of the slipper. Of course, Cinderella marries the prince and uses forgiveness on the sisters.
“Cinderella raised them up and kissed them, saying that she forgave them with all her heart and asking them to love her always”. Not only did she forgive them but also she invited them to live in the castle and married them on the same day. Cinderella in this version is a very sweet and forgiving girl unlike most other versions when revenge is forced back onto the sisters.
The Chinese had a different way of presenting Cinderella. She was called Yehhsien a daughter of a cave master. After her father died she lived with her stepmother who was just as evil as all the other stepmothers. Yshhsien had a fish that she took care of and when it got too big for all the bowls she put it in the pond outside. Every day she would go outside and feed the fish and the fish would only come up for her no one else saw the fish.
The stepmother knew about this and tricked Yehhsien by giving her a beautiful dress if she went to get water at a different pond. While Yehhsien was gone the stepmother put the old rags of Yehhsien’s on and went to the pond and called the fish. The fish came up and the stepmother cut his head off and ate the fish only leaving the bones. When Yehhsien went back to the pond the next day a man told her what the stepmother did and told her “take the fish’s bones and hide them in your room”.
He also told her whatever she wants all she has to do is pray to the bones and she will get what she prayed for. So Yehhsien prayed for gold, pearls, dresses, and food and got just that. Yehhsien found herself at the ball by sneaking thereafter her stepmother and sisters left wearing “a cloak of stuff spun from kingfisher feathers and shoes of gold”. When the stepmother and sister recognized her she ran as fast as she could home losing a shoe.
The shoe was found and sold to the T’o-han and he made every woman try it on but still the shoe didn’t fit anyone until Yehhsien was found and he brought both her and the bones back to his country and made her chief wife. Evil was brought upon both the stepmother and stepsister, flying stones killed them. Throughout this version of Cinderella, you can tell that the versions change depending on what country they were written in and the time period.
In my own experience, I found that most teenagers in my senior year were continuing some kind of higher education after graduation. Instead of in the 1980s when most women stayed home and let the guys do the work. I think that time has just changed and that everyone is realizing that they need to support themselves and not rely on a man or woman to take care of the financial status in the household. Change has overcome the statement “The Cinderella Complex”.
Even in today’s society, it is very important to support yourself in case of a crisis that could occur such as a death, a layoff, or a divorce with the person making the living. Therefore, if this does happen then the person that isn’t working could get a job whereas if they didn’t go to school then they would have serious problems with this situation.
I know that beauty is something everyone wants but I don’t believe that many people rely on their beauty to get them through the tough times in life or if they do they will find out quickly that it won’t. That is why I do not feel that the “Cinderella Complex” still exists.
Throughout all Cinderella versions no matter how it is changed in small details the story still sticks to the same plot and meaning. There are an evil stepmother and stepsisters that are envy and jealous of the beautiful girl in rags and magic whether it be the animal helpers or a spirit that gives aid to her to make her wish come true of attending the ball.
No matter which version you are reading most people will go into their own fantasy and dream along which caused the “Cinderella Complex” to become real. But today with the reality we don’t centralize over this tale thinking it really can happen. Although many people are in confusion thinking that their outer beauty will get them a solution to reality even in today’s time when fairytales are only make-believe.
The Different Versions of Cinderella The Grimm brothers and Charles Perrault use two different approaches to retelling the oldest fairytale, Cinderella. Most of the children’s literature has a fairytale setting, but different authors have different ideas on what belongs in a fairytale. Children are very impressionable and gullible. Children do not know what is right from wrong in most cases. It is important to know what they are reading or watching to make sure it is appropriate.
There has been a link found between a child s violent or disturbing behavior and the things they are exposed to, such as television. There are even things in a simple fairytale that do not seem appropriate for a young child to read. Fairytales of a more crude nature are more appropriate for an older audience. The criteria I have found to be suitable for a child include a learned lesson, characters a child can relate to such as animals, some kind of magic, and a happy ending.
Cinderella is the oldest fairytale to be told, and it has been told for centuries. Through all the years there have been many versions to stem from the original that started in China. Charles Perrault lived in the 17th century, many years after the first Cinderella story was told. Perrault s version is traditional to what most of the stories consist of. In Perrault s version, he explains how there was a man who lost his first wife and is left with his only daughter.
After marrying again and welcoming his new wife s daughters into his home, the trouble for Cinderella began. Cinderella was disliked by her new family and was given all the housework. As time passed, the King s son wanted to find a wife and decided to throw a ball for all the young ladies of the town to come so his son could decide on who he wanted to marry. Cinderella is unable to attend because she has no clothes suitable for the event. While weeping, her fairy godmother appears to help her with everything she needs to go to the ball.
This includes a pumpkin turned into a carriage, horses, and coachmen from mice and rats, and a beautiful dress from the wand. Cinderella makes a wonderful impression and the King s son fell in love with her. When Cinderella s foot fits perfectly in the mysterious glass slipper, Cinderella and the Prince took off to be married. In the end, the stepsisters beg Cinderella for forgiveness. Cinderella forgives them and invites them to live in her new beautiful palace.
Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm have written many different fairytales and they were told to them, including the story of Cinderella. The version of Cinderella used by the Grimm brothers is called Ashputtle. The foundation of this story is similar. Ashputtle mother dies and she is left with her father who remarries and welcomes his new wife s daughters in his home. The wicked stepmother and stepsisters made Ashputtle a servant. One day Ashputtle asks her father to bring home the first branch that touches his head and it happens to be a hazel branch.
Ashputtle plants this branch by her mother s grave and prays for help. As an announcement came for a celebration held by the King, Ashputtle begs to have permission to go. Her stepmother gives her a hard task and if she completes it, her permission would be granted. After many hours of work by the doves she calls upon and herself, Ashputtle is still unable to go. After going to the tree she planted for her mother and crying out above for help, her wishes are granted and she goes to the celebration. After three nights of dancing, the Prince falls for Ashputtle and wants to marry her.
Ashputtle tried to get away from him and he pulls her slipper off hoping to find her again. As he goes door to door to find the girl who s foot it belongs, the two stepsisters cut off pieces of their feet to make the shoe fit. When the Prince realizes from the blood what they did, he takes them back to their house. After fitting the shoe on Ashputtle s foot perfectly, they ride away on his horse to be married. As the sisters tried to be a part of Ashputtle s happiness, the doves peck out their eyes and punish them to blindness.
Perrault and the Grimm brothers both tell a great version of the Cinderella story. The criteria in Perrault s version includes a learned lesson, it pays off to work hard. It also includes a magical experience with the fairy godmother and the wand. Although there are no animals in the story, the characters are easy to relate to. The ending of Perrault s story is probably the happiest ever made in the Cinderella story. On the other hand, the Grimm brothers fit into the criteria including the animals for the children to relate to and magic, but the learned lesson might be hard for a child to notice.
A child might not understand why the stepsisters were punished as they were going to apologize to Ashputtle and join in her happiness. There is also a great deal of vulgarity in a sense of violence. This is shown through the stepsisters cutting off their feet to fit into the shoe and their eyes being pecked out. This story is made more for an older audience because they will understand the vulgarity of the story.
One day this girl decides to waltz into our home and tries to be Miss Everything but to us, she’s nothing. It’s as if she’s trying to steal all the good things we have but thank G-d we have the control over her. We are allowed to say, Cinderella, do this!? and, Cinderella, do that!?, but we can’t take complete advantage of her (unfortunately).
In our opinion, we think that since she is just here for no reason but for our mother and ourselves to boss her around, she should clean up her act and get a real job that actually pays money. She should have never been born. She does everything so slow like once, we never got our laundry until the next day, and sometimes we have to wait for like about twenty minutes just to for her to prepare breakfast!
We think that she should be anywhere else but with us. She ruins everything like when she got to marry the prince and neither of us could! She ended up with the best life when we were supposed to be her bosses and her life was supposed to be miserable. We were supposed to tell her what to do for the rest of our lives, (Or hers for that matter).
We feel that we didn’t deserve any bad thing that we got in return for being so kind to her. Now that we think about it, we were a little harsh, but other than that, we were so nice to her. She should repay us with anything that we would like for doing everything for her, like helping her get a job and stuff. When we got her the job, I think that we were a little bit drunk because who in their right mind would want Cinderella to be in their home? I know that we wouldn’t have if we weren’t drunk.
The Cinderella story is a children story about a girl whose mother died and her father remarried a proud and ill-tempered woman. The woman had two daughters of the girl’s age who were as ill-tempered as their mother.
After remarrying her father, her stepmother always gave the girl hard chores but she never complained. On finishing her chores, she would warm herself in one of the corners of the chimney and thus her sisters called her Cinderella. Then the two sisters got invited to a ball at the palace in honor of the Prince. They left her behind.
As she wept for being left behind, her godmother came and magically showed her how to go to the palace. She also dressed Cinderella magnificently. After reaching the palace, the prince invited her to the next ball in which Cinderella lost her glass slipper. The prince vowed to marry the girl who could wear the slipper and it emerged that Cinderella was the only one. She was thus married by the Prince (“Cinderella”, n.d., p. 1”).
The characters in this story include, the main character, Cinderella whose mother dies and she is left with her father. Cinderella is depicted as a good girl. The next character is Cinderella’s stepmother; depicted as ill-tempered. She has two daughters who are shown as proud and as ill-tempered as their mother.
There is also Cinderella’s godmother who is shown as a good woman, others include Lord High Chamberlain, heralds, six mice, a rat, and six lizards. The mice, rat, and lizards were used magically by Cinderella’s godmother to escort Cinderella to the palace (“Cinderella”, n.d., p. 1”).
he theme of the story is the importance of human values. Cinderella is very good at her stepmother even after mistreatment. She is also good at her stepsisters even when they despise her. Her goodness pays off when, in the end, she is the only one who can marry the Prince. She is adored for that and her stepsisters apologize to her. The stepsisters would like to marry the Prince but they miss the chance. This story, therefore, highlights the importance of good temperament and human values (“Cinderella”, n.d., p. 1”).
The story begins with the birth of Cinderella which is followed by the death of her mother. Then her father remarries an ill-tempered woman with two daughters of Cinderella’s age with the same disposition. Cinderella is given hard chores but she does not complain.
She is left behind as the two girls answer an invitation to a ball in the palace. As she weeps for being left, her godmother comes and magically shows her how to go to the palace. She goes and gets noticed by the prince who invites her to another ball and eventually marries her (“Cinderella”, n.d., p. 1”).
The setting of the story is the capital city of a large kingdom and its environs. The introductory part of the story is set in Cinderella’s home. That is, during her birth, during the death of her mother, during the remarrying of her father, and as she is overworked and looked down upon by her sisters.
Her godmother visits her in her home. The other setting is the palace. Here Cinderella goes to a ball uninvited but she gets invited to another ball by the Prince. The prince eventually marries her (“Cinderella”, n.d., p. 1”).
As I scanned over the daily paper, all I saw was Cinderella, Cinderella, Cinderella! Now that she is living a life covered in gold, diamonds, and silver, that is all I ever hear. “The glass slipper,” they say, “the girl who ran down the steps of the palace,” and “oh my her golden cascading hair is perfection.” I, for one, with the Cinderella fandom would die already; oh my, life was so easy but a mere year ago.
As I shrunk into a small, black chair, tears rushed down my frail cheeks, my body ached, and goosebumps ran up and down my body because today I attended my dear sister’s funeral. Sadness and despair filled every ounce of my body, while grief and remembrance created a suffocating bubble around me.
However, the only happiness I received from that day was the contentment of a new addition to our family, Cinderella, my sister’s child. Benevolently, out of the kindness of my heart, I took her in as one of my own and welcomed her into my home with open arms. Little did I know that this bundle of joy would be a gray, stormy cloud on my ray of sunshine.
I introduced her to my two children, Marry-Anne and Jenifer; my beautiful, warm-hearted daughters attempted to show kindness to Cinderella by simply guiding her and teaching her how to reach her full potential. However, my daughters and I were always forced to complete all the chores, while she never laid a finger on the broom, the dustpan, or anything remotely dirty.
The book Cinderella by Kath Jewitt is going to be compared to Cinderella: or, The Little Glass Slipper by Charles Perrault. It will be compared to this Cinderella story instead of the others because they both have several similarities. Some of these similarities are that they have fairy godmothers, Cinderella’s father gets remarried, Cinderella loses her slipper, and they also have a happy ending.
After reading Cinderella by Kath Jewitt it is an alternative text to Perrault’s story because even though it is the same story, for the most part, the ending has a slightly different meaning or moral. This moral will be discussed in more detail below along with anything that makes it an alternative text to the original story listed above. Something that could make the story seem like an imitative text instead of an alternative text is the text itself and how it is used in both stories.
The text used in the book is mostly paraphrasing what has been said in the original. This makes it seem like an imitative text because the story is, for the most part, the same it does not change the story very much, and if it does the changes clarify a few things that were not mentioned in the original. One of the things that it clarifies is what happened to Cinderella’s mother.
The book tells us that her mother died while the original just states that her mother was a kind person implying that her mother had died at some point in Cinderella’s life. However, at the end of the book, the moral is all about getting what you deserve instead of how kindness is more important than beauty. This is the moral to the story because Cinderella never tells her stepsisters that she forgives them or helps them find husbands of their own instead she leaves them to do all the household chores by themselves.
While her stepsisters are getting what they deserve for making Cinderella do all the chores herself and Cinderella get to live a happy life with the prince which is what she deserves because of her hard work. One reason it is an alternative text is that the pictures used in the story support the idea that Cinderella’s stepsisters are getting what they deserve.
Example #8 – The Symbols Of Cinderella And Cinderella
The general story of Cinderella is portrayed in many ways. There are over 700 versions worldwide which all express motifs differently (Behrens and Rosen 590). In “Cinderella” by Charles Perrault and the Native American version “Oochigeaskw-The Rough-Faced Girl,” the differences between the two stories relate to some of the motifs that are in many of the stories.
The function of magic is used in different ways to enhance the stories and make them more interesting. The test in the stories is also a motif that is used to help Cinderella be the one who marries the Prince. These motifs are effectively used throughout both stories, but they are used differently. The function of magic is used in Perrault’s version to help Cinderella get ready for the ball.
When Cinderella told her godmother that she wanted to go to the ball, her godmother told her to do what she says, and she’ll get her there (Perrault 591). Cinderella had to find what her godmother ordered her to get and then the godmother would magically turn it into an item for the ball.
Cinderella had to find a pumpkin, six mice, a big rat, and six lizards for her godmother. Her godmother magically turned those items into a magnificent glided coach being pulled by six fine horses with a fat coachman and six footmen (Perrault 592 and 593).
There is perhaps no better loved, no more universal story than Cinderella. Almost every country in the world has a version of it, but the favorite of story-tellers must be the French version by Charles Perrault. In the translation of Perrault’s beloved fairy tale, Marcia Brown offers a lively retelling which is made truly magical by some of the most exquisite pictures we have ever seen.
Brown’s adaptation of Perrault’s story, Cinderella or The Little Glass Slipper, is a rag to riches story of a mistreated, beautiful young girl who, with the help of her fairy godmother, becomes the wife of a Prince. It is an excellently written and illustrated children’s book that should be on the shelf of any child as well as any serious student of children’s literature.
At the beginning of the book, when the stepmother married Cinderella’s father, she and her two daughters became wealthy instantly, but to them, it still wasn’t enough. They couldn’t stand any competition and they felt Cinderella posed that threat. Cinderella’s evil stepmother “could not abide by this young girl, whose goodness made her own daughters seem more hateful than ever.”
Therefore, “She gave her the vilest household tasks; it was Cinderella who scoured the pots and scrubbed the stairs, Cinderella who polished the bedchamber of madame and also those of her daughters.” This was an attempt to take away her dignity so that the stepmother and her two daughters could feel superior to Cinderella and her beauty.
This point in the story is when the conflict arises. Cinderella could not do anything to defend herself from the mistreatment she received from her stepmother and stepsisters. She could only do what they asked. “The poor girl put up with everything. She dared not complain, even to her father.
Abdulaziz Alshehri 31 October 2012 Cinderella Story Cinderella is a wonderful Disney movie. The social injustice in Cinderella is how they treat her. The ugly stepsisters and the evil stepmother treat Cinderella like she is trash. They have no respect for her. In one scene they destroy a dress that she is wearing. Cinderella was enjoying a leisurely life with her parents. Likely, Cinderella is blessed with love and compassion from her mother, also from her father. It was her parents who made the maximum effort for happiness. She was a beautiful little girl and highly intelligent.
But the happiness turned into sadness when her mother fell ill, and the physicians were unable to help her mother. Then, she lived with her father, who was much loved and was hoping to help her. I this paper, I will be discussing the life of Cinderella and how it changed after her parents died. Cinderella’s Father was believed that she would be in better shape if he married a woman who had two daughters. In the beginning, the stepmother treated Cinderella gently. After father died, stepmother impacted Cinderella a harsh reality where she was treated like a maid.
Stepmother was hateful and made Cinderella do chores without the help of her stepsisters. Cinderella was poor no and only had a few birds and mice that became her friends and also helped with household chores. The stepsisters prevailed a Cinderella and treated her poorly. Cinderella lived in the darkness of her stepmother and stepsisters. She was doing housework alone without any help (Cinderella story). In that time, Cinderella lived her life with her stepmother is injustice and oppression around them.
Cinderella is a dream was to live a long happy life. She dreamed to marry a rich man to care about her. One day, the King issued a decree making every girl a prospect for his son, the prince. The Prince would choose one lucky girl during the ceremony dance. Cinderella asked her stepmother and stepsisters to go with them to the ball. However, the stepmother requested that Cinderella clean the house. While cleaning Cinderella found beautiful clothes for the party. Unfortunately, a hateful stepmother cut her dress and went to the concert without Cinderella.
Shortly thereafter, a good witch appeared, provides Cinderella with a stylish new vehicle. However, she warned that the would magic will disappear in the middle of the night. Cinderella thanked her and left for the ball. The Prince was astonished and asked her to dance.
Cinderella forgot about her miserable life. At midnight, Cinderella remembered the warning and left in a hurry. Without a farewell, she did not tell him her name. She just left one of her slippers at the party. In the early morning, the prince asked his deputy and driver to look at the owner of the shoe.
When they arrived at the house, Cinderella’s stepmother tried not to let the Prince meet her. However, Cinderella’s loyal friends were there and told the prince about Cinderella. Luckily, Cinderella and the Prince met and lived happily ever after (Cinderella story). Over centuries of children have been enjoying the classic fairy tales of the Grimm Brothers and Charles Perrault. The fanciful plots and the vivid details allow children to be entranced by characters and adventures that can only be found in these stories.
One of the most beloved fairy tales, which both the Perrault and the Grimm’s have their own separate versions of Cinderella. Cinderella is able to show how both versions are able to feed off the same plots while personifying the century and social-economic situation in which they have lived”.
Given that the time periods are very different (by 150 years), the formula for their fairy tales seems to remain constant. Character development, which is very important in fairy tales is both well done and accurately portrays the living situation for a character in the time period of when it was written.
Perrault’s version seems to put Cinderella’s family in a higher, well-off situation of the Grimm’s because she is still abided to obey the rules that her dying mother had set for her. Something that you would see women do in the late 1700s. Her higher class and the rules of her generation have set her to not have revenge on her stepsisters and help her marry the prince in the end; as result, this makes a happy story for everyone. This also gives off the rules of the time to the young girls who would be listening or reading this story back then.
They knew their place in society and tales like Alzair Salim. The Arabic story, titled Rihab, has key elements in the storyline that make it different from Perrault’s Cinderella. The theme becomes different as the end of the tale results in revenge on the stepsisters from Rihab.
This variation in the storyline represents the setting in which the Grimm’s either lived in themselves or the living situation of the people who related this tale to the Grimm’s” (comparing Versions of Cinderella). Finally, the Cinderella story is trying to explain the hope for the future and waiting for a better life.
Cinderella believed marrying a Prince that lived in a beautiful palace was a sign that she had reached her goal. But it’s nice to have a goal and actually get there. The story of Cinderella has transferred to many different era’s.
The Greek historian Strabo said a similar story about an Egyptian maid of Greek origin called Rohdobs, which has lagged behind the Ahmose II ceremony because it does the work for other maids. Eagle came and stole her shoes and put them in front of the king. Eagle asked the king of all the women of his parish experience shoe was the only Rohdobs to boot Aumha.
He fell King Pegramha married her. And can refer to the assets of the story until the sixth century BC from the days of Aesop (620-560 BC). Famed author of fairy tales and a similar story appeared in 860 AD in China called yen weighed. As many as similar stories talk about injustices and hating in different languages around the world. Cinderella has different types of versions of stories, which have the same benefits for children.
From generation to generation stories are always changing. Fairy tales like Cinderella go from mean step sisters to nice sisters, fairy godmother to a tree. After reading 5 different versions of Cinderella I had to choose which I would decide to read, above the others to my favorite child. After difficult thinking, I have chosen Walt Disney’s version of Cinderella for many great reasons. I have chosen Walt Disney’s version because I feel it is the most fitting for children over all the others which are best suitable for older teens.
Walt Disney’s version is the ideal story beginning with “Once upon a time” and ending with “lived in the palace and were happy ever after, too”. The fairy tale story of a pretty girl by the name of Cinderella who lived with her stepmother and 2 step sisters who treat her horrible having her cook, clean, and bake, meanwhile having no right to do anything without her step mother’s permission.
A great ball was given by the king, for the prince and every young girl in the kingdom were invited, even Cinderella… Although the nasty stepmother told her no. Cinderella cried her heart out until an older woman appeared in front of her telling her, I am your fairy godmother and she said “You are going to the Ball”. Before you knew it with the powers of the stepmother Cinderella was beautifully dressed and a coach pulled by horses was ready to take her.
Cinderella was told that at the stroke of midnight the powers would be gone and she would, means she would have to be gone. Although no one knowing who she was, she caught the prince’s eye. Forgetting to keep her eye on the clock, at 12 she rushed out losing one of her glass slippers. Every girl in the land tried hard to fit into her lost slipper until Cinderella was forced to try it on, and it fit her perfectly. Cinderella became the prince’s bride and lived happily ever after.
All similar, but yet different, In “Cinderella”, by Anne Sexton, there are minor differences that pointed out to me making me not choose this particular story for my child. Besides the story being set up like a poem, I found this to be more difficult for a younger child to understand.
This story starts off by stating 4 extremely short but successful stories then leading into Cinderella which in my opinion isn’t needed to understand the story. As the story goes on inline 32 they refer to Cinderella looking like Al Jolson, which no kid would understand causing another story within a story about who Al Jolson is.
In Walt Disney’s Cinderella, Cinderella is forced to try the slipper on, after her sisters try it on and are unsuccessful. In both “Cinderella” by Anne Sexton, and “Cinderella” by Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm, the stepsisters decide to cut body parts to fit into the slipper. One cutting a toe-off and the other cutting part of her heel off, until not long after, with help from the fairy godmother, or Cinderella’s mother that the prince finds out. I feel that blood and cutting off body parts because you don’t fit the characteristics you want so you can be with a man isn’t a good trait to teach your children.
Lastly, In both “Cinderella” by Anne Sexton, and “Cinderella” by Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm, the fairy (mother) were doves who pecked the eyes out of both stepsisters for the way they treated Cinderella. The stepsisters treated Cinderella horribly but did not deserve to have their eyes pecked out. This teaches children a bad lesson as well as giving them a horrible view to picture.
Clearly, you can now understand why I have chosen what I have. After reading all 5 wonderful versions, Walt Disney’s Cinderella adapted by Campbell Grant is the best for any child, especially mine. After reading a happy story there is a lot less you’ll need to explain to your child that is unnecessary to be explained to until they are older. Walt Disney’s version I feel is the most fitting for children over all the others which are best suitable for older teens.
Example #12 – A Modern Interpretation of Cinderella’s Character
Strength cannot be universally defined. It is, in its truest form, an individualized characteristic. Some perceive strength as staying true to oneself and refusing to bend to the will of another while others may view it as taking in stride what ambles down the path of life with grace and dignity.
The struggle for women to be viewed by society as strong, independent beings has existed from the beginning of time but has recently begun to evolve. Both Danielle of Ever After and Vivian of Pretty Woman bring to life a modernistic air to the classic Cinderella story. Vivian of Pretty Woman portrays a better, more modern Cinderella through her self-assurance, independence, and emotional strength than does Danielle of Ever After.
The Cinderella story truly comes to life in Ever After, focused on Danielle de Barbara. Danielle’s mother passes while she is a child, and her father passes shortly after introducing her stepmother and stepsisters, leaving her orphaned and under the care of her “wicked” stepmother. As she grows older she learns to accept her position as being below those of her stepsisters, Marguerite and Jacqueline. Having fallen from her title of nobility, she resigns to being no more than a scullery maid.
On more than one occasion she stands up to Prince Henry, heir to the throne of France, dressed in clothes of a higher class than her own, a crime punishable by beatings. When he finally asks her identity, she panics and gives him the name of her deceased mother, one of a noble family. Throughout the duration of their romantic journey together, she conceals her truly average identity in fear of being rejected for her social standing.
At a grandiose ball in the Prince’s royal gardens, Danielle is forced by her stepmother to reveal her true identity. Prince Henry royally rejects her in front of the entire kingdom, causing a deplorable display of royal power. In the end, Prince Henry is brought to his wits and runs to save his maiden to find that she has already saved herself. Through a heart-wrenching apology, the two find their “happily ever after”, despite the wretched journey they took to stumble upon it.
Vivian Ward of Pretty Woman gives a raw depiction of the modern Cinderella. In true rags to riches fashion, Vivian, a prostitute, meets her match with the rich Edward Lewis. In a twist of fate, the two end up spending a week together in Lewis’ hotel suite. Throughout the course of the week, Vivian explores the luxurious world in which Edward lives.
She is by no means polished or put together like the other people in Edward’s life, but there is something to be said for her fortitude in attempting to accustom herself to their ways. She learns to be a sophisticated, modern woman while still holding true to herself. After all, is said and done, Vivian returns to her motel in Hollywood to pursue her next life endeavor, while Edward watches her leave.
Not being able to stand seeing her go, Edward is compelled to pursue her and “save” her from the life she has been leading. In their own way, Edward and Vivian find their “happily ever after” together, accepting one another for who they truly are. At the end of each story lies true acceptance, but the paths taken are significantly different between the two. Madonna Kolbenschlag, a feminist critic of fairy tales, writes,” She [Cinderella] wants to be ‘chosen’ for herself in her natural state, rather than because of a splendid appearance wrought by magic” (Kolbenschlag 537).
Disney’s characterization fell shy of this mark. Eventually, Prince Charming found out who she was, but she never directly told him, implying a sort of shame. Vivian never once hides who she is. When she first meets Edward, she presents herself as she truly lives without trying to create a new image to impress him. Vivian holds steadfast in her personality while still trying out Edward’s lifestyle. She gets accustomed to his way of life but is able to return to her own after all is said and done.
Danielle presents herself to Prince Henry as her mother, who came from a noble family. It isn’t until the very end of Ever After that Danielle reveals her true identity. She finds herself at the Prince’s feet, feeling as if she truly belonged at the bottom of the social caste. Danielle and Disney’s Cinderella share the same twinge of guilt over their backgrounds, whereas Vivian accepts herself as she truly is.
The distinct difference in strength here lies within the methods of coming-to-self between the two women. While Vivian is forthright in sharing her identity, Danielle guises Prince Henry into believing a gamified ruse of who she could have been without the death of her father. Throughout women’s history, independence is one of the core factors of how strength is perceived.
While Danielle gives off a strong sense of independence by saving herself from her troubles, Vivian portrays independence with a stronger presence. In Pretty Woman, Edward and Vivian get into an argument in which Vivian had, “never felt cheaper” (Pretty Woman). Vivian packed her belongings and stormed toward the door, leaving behind all of Edward’s money on purpose.
This showed her deep understanding that she was worth more than her pay. It also showed Edward that she did not need his money to live on. If it meant being treated poorly, his money meant nothing to her. Her action showed him that his actions were more derogatory than being a prostitute in itself.
Jane Yolen, the author of children’s books, describes this distinct difference between Danielle and Vivian, “[Cinderella] is a sorry excuse for a heroine, pitiable and useless” (Yolen 544). Danielle could have asserted her independence in ways stronger than those in which she did. While still making a valiant effort, her attempts at independence ended up being spoiled by her poor upbringing.
Danielle rescues herself from the grasp of the evil Monsieur Le Pier and storms out of his castle in triumph only to find Prince Henry, come to rescue her. She asks in a mocking manner, “You have come to rescue me?” (Ever After). After his truly heartfelt apology, Danielle finds herself weak in the knees at his will, and her independence collapses into shambles, along with her emotions. Emotions are some of the biggest traits of weakness that can be seen in the Disney “Cinderella”. She relies on her helpful animal friends to keep her hopes up, rather than being realistic.
Vivian’s strong characterization comes into play once more in the scene in which she kisses Edward on the mouth. While Kit, her roommate, warns against kissing on the mouth due to emotional attachment, this is one of Vivian’s strongest moments. While Vivian is making herself vulnerable to Edward, she is also strengthening herself by allowing him in. She is essentially taking control, giving Edward the power to break her, but also receiving the power to break Edward.
Unlike Vivian, Danielle never finds this opportunity. Her emotions are generally dependent upon her surroundings. In one of the final scenes, Danielle becomes upset with her stepmother for never having loved her as a child. Danielle cries out in anguish, “You are the only mother I have ever known. Was there ever a time, even in its smallest measurement, that you loved me at all?” (Ever After). Bruno Bettelheim, an expert in sibling rivalry, writes, “The child fears that… he is thought of little by his parents, or feels rejected by them” (Bettelheim 280).
Danielle evidenced this by feeling betrayed by her stepmother’s inherent love for her own daughters more than Danielle. The strength that she lacks is that of control over her own emotions. To be successful in the already-vulnerable position in which she lies, one must assert control over that which can be controlled.
Strength will never be a well-agreed upon a subject within society, containing too many facets to be defined by one simple phrase. It is a complex entity of its own separate affairs, and to confine it to one definition would be shameful. Danielle of Ever After and Vivian of Pretty Woman both show traits of a strong, modernized Cinderella. However, Vivian’s intricate characterization shows her to be a better icon than Danielle for the modern woman on the indefinite conquest for strength.
Example #13 – Children’s Perception and Role Modeling in Cinderella and Harry Potter
Though most children’s literature is not necessarily always intended to be read solely by children, it is important to consider the reception of the child. In the Grimm Brothers’ “Cinderella” and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the child-reader is able to learn well from the bad. Cinderella and Harry Potter are both characters who act as models for positive and acceptable behavior.
Cinderella remains morally good, despite her unfortunate situation of her mother passing and her step-family treating her unjustly. Cinderella, however, appears to have birds watching over her and rewarding her for all of her acts of piety, translating to readers that they, too will be rewarded for similar behaviors. Harry has an inward battle in discovering what being good and being bad really means and, in the end, is similarly rewarded for his heroic actions.
Cinderella in the Brothers Grimm’s “Cinderella” and Harry Potter in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone experience many tests that assess their morals, demonstrating to readers what good behaviors really are and the importance of incorporating them into their own lives.
Young readers are directly influenced by what they read, and at especially young ages children are still navigating right from wrong. Literature plays a crucial role in guiding these children in the right direction. As Susan Ann Beach writes: “young readers choose to take a particular ‘lesson’ from their reading” (Beach 102). “Cinderella” and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone are both stories that children are capable of taking lessons from.
Though Cinderella is written for a wider audience than just children, it has since been titled as a fairy-tale for young readers. It is important that these two works present a set of ideas to readers in order to guide them in their moral journey. In order to do this, both Cinderella and Harry are put through a series of tests that assess their moral character and show readers that people who act morally righteous are rewarded.
There are clearly elements of the supernatural in both the Brothers Grimm’s “Cinderella” and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. In “Cinderella,” however, there seems to be a supernatural element actually testing her and rewarding her based on the outcome. Cinderella’s first task is set upon her by her dying mother telling her to “be good and pious, and then the good God will always protect thee” (GRIMM).
After Cinderella’s mother passes away, Cinderella is given a series of tests to judge the piousness of her character. Cinderella asks her father to bring a branch of a tree back for her while her step-sisters ask for “beautiful dresses, pearls and jewels” (GRIMM).
Cinderella does not ask for anything of materialistic value, despite owning much less than her step-sisters. This is the first significant demonstration of virtue that Cinderella shows. Her devotion to the tree, and to her mother, is rewarded through the supernatural element of the bird.
A bird appears on the branch given to Cinderella as she devotes much of her time by the tree, watering it with her tears. This appearance of the bird is a direct award for Cinderella’s faithfulness to her mother.; in fact, birds play a central role in creating a supernatural element in this fairy-tale. The birds continue to reward Cinderella by helping her pick the lentils out of the fireplace and even give her proper clothing to wear to the festival, acting as a type of guardian angel to Cinderella and award her for her piety.
The birds even ensure that the Prince finds his “true bride,” Cinderella, and not be fooled by Cinderella’s step-sisters (GRIMM). Cinderella’s character is constantly tested in order to prove that being virtuous offers rewards in order to encourage young readers to act as such. This point is further developed through the juxtaposing of Cinderella’s reward with the step-sisters’ punishment.
Cinderella’s ultimate reward is marrying into the wealthy family of the Prince. She endures insufferable circumstances living with her step-mother and step-sisters; however, because she remains pious, she is given “good fortune” (GRIMM). Cinderella’s step-sisters are cruel to Cinderella and “[do] her every imaginable injury” (GRIMM). Just as Cinderella receives a fortune as good as her character, the step-sisters receive a fortune as dreadful as theirs.
The step-sisters, despite being cruel to Cinderella, “[want] to get into favor with Cinderella and share her good fortune” (GRIMM). This is a selfish act and because of it, the sisters are punished with blindness caused by the birds who aid Cinderella. Cinderella’s virtuousness is tested on numerous occasions by a supernatural element with the power to reward and punish people for their actions.
Harry Potter in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is also put through a series of tests; however, instead of a supernatural element judging his character, Harry’s real quest lies in discovering the difference between good and bad on his own.
Though Cinderella has a mother who advises her to act virtuously, Harry is an orphan with less than suitable guardians. Harry’s aunt and uncle treat Harry as if he is a servant, making him responsible to cook breakfasts for the family and not draw any attention to himself (Rowling 20).
Harry is missing a central aspect of his life in terms of learning: proper parental figures. Without these parental figures, Harry is incapable of learning what is right from wrong. All Harry is taught by the Dursleys is to refrain from participating in any “funny business” (23). Due to this lack of guidance, Harry must learn and make his own values.
Though Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is of the fantastical genre and therefore openly establishes more supernatural elements, there is not a supernatural element watching over and helping Harry, unlike Cinderella. Instead, Harry’s tests to his character appear to be more personal, showcasing a journey in discovering who he is and what he stands for.
A very vital test that Harry undergoes is that of choosing his friends. Malfoy is clearly a boy of higher social class than Ron; however, Harry decides that he “can tell who the wrong sort are for [himself]” (Rowling 81). This immediate decision to befriend Ron Weasley, a poor and bullied boy, shows Harry’s true character and ultimately puts him on the ‘good’ side. The second crucial test that Harry encounters is the Sorting Hat. Hagrid tells Harry that “[there is] not a single witch or wizard who went bad who [was not] in Slytherin” and with this information, Harry decides he does not want to be in Slytherin (62).
Harry understands that Voldemort is an evil man and wishes to be nothing like him. Harry shows his fear of being evil when he immediately repeats the phrase “not Slytherin” to himself once he undergoes the sorting ceremony (90). He is fearful that perhaps he does have evil inside of him, similar to Voldemort. This is further proved when the hat tells him that he “could be great” in Slytherin (91).
The Sorting Hat makes sure that Harry is certain about not wanting to be in Slytherin house and ultimately places Harry in Gryffindor when he chooses not to be in Slytherin. This, again, is another test to his character as Harry is told he could be successful in Slytherin but chooses Gryffindor in fear of becoming anything resembling Voldemort. In addition to these first initial tests establishing Harry’s morality, he also must prove his bravery in his dealings with the Philosopher’s stone.
Harry’s bravery is put to the test when he goes searching for the Philosopher’s stone with Ron and Hermione. Harry encounters a series of tests to gain access to the Philosopher’s stone; however, the more important and less obvious tests assess his character. Harry immediately offers to fall through the trap door in order to ensure the safety of the drop (200-201).
Harry explains that there is “no sign of the bottom” when he looks through the door; however, he does not wish for his friends to suffer any harm and instead, sacrifices himself (201). During the last obstacle in his quest to get the Philosopher’s stone, Harry realizes that there is not enough potion left in the small bottle for both him and Hermione to drink and use to cross the black fire. Harry comes to the conclusion that he must finish their dangerous quest alone.
Harry tells Hermione to go back and help Ron, proving his loyalty to his friends while simultaneously expressing undeniable bravery by facing a potentially life-threatening situation. Harry’s true and admirable intentions are, however, properly exemplified when he finally meets Professor Quirrell in the last chamber.
Harry comes face-to-face with the Mirror of Erised. Formerly, Harry would see himself standing next to his parents when looking into the Mirror of Erised as this was his biggest desire in life. When he finds himself up against Professor Quirrell, however, this changes. Harry reveals that if he were to look into the mirror, he would know where to find the stone because it is what “[he wants] more than anything else in the world” (211).
This is extremely significant in demonstrating Harry’s moral character as it outlines his strongest desire: for good. Again, Harry’s pure intentions are proven when Dumbledore explains the final test in reaching the stone: “only one who wanted to find the Stone – find it, but not use it – would be able to get it” (217). Harry passes this final test when the Stone appears in his pocket, proving that his intentions are genuine and is rewarded just as Cinderella is.
As Beach proposes, “Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s being caught by the castle caretaker as they are attempting to do something good shows… understanding of the sometimes blurred lines between good and evil” (Beach 102). Harry is continuously getting into trouble at Hogwarts for being out of bed during nighttime; however, he continues sneaking out in order to find more information about the Philosopher’s Stone and protect it from falling into the wrong hands.
Harry faces another challenging test when he decides not to “interfere in anything that [does not] concern him,” showing the sometimes confusing situation that young people face in understanding that ‘blurred line’ Beach explains (Rowling 179). Harry feels as though he should be keeping to himself; however, he cannot allow Voldemort to come back and ultimately decides that he must interfere, leading to the destruction of Voldemort’s return.
Harry’s knowledge of good and bad is ultimately put to the test and, because of his choices, he is rewarded. Harry is given sixty points for Gryffindor towards the house cup due to his “outstanding courage” (221). Harry’s points, along with his friends who help him, put Gryffindor in first place for the house cup. Meanwhile, Draco Malfoy, a boy who is continuously attempting to get Harry in trouble and bullies those around him, finds himself on the losing side in the Slytherin house, showing young readers that it pays off to be a good and loyal person.
Cinderella in the fairy-tale “Cinderella” by the Brothers Grimm and Harry Potter in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone are both put through a series of tests to prove their righteous character. While Cinderella is being judged and rewarded based on good behavior by a supernatural element within the birds that follow her, Harry must navigate right from wrong on his own. Both characters undergo a series of tests and prove that their intentions are pure. Cinderella remains pious as her mother asks of her and is rewarded with marriage to a prince.
Harry finds himself having to decide his own path in life between good and bad. After choosing his friends and Hogwarts house carefully, Harry then goes through a series of physical tests that actually work to assess his character. These tests prove Harry’s heroic and loyal character. Cinderella and Harry Potter demonstrate their positive characteristics through passing a series of tests and are, in the end, rewarded for their behavior, influencing young readers to act as such.
Example #14 – interesting ideas
How would I start my argument essay about cinderella that love is based on appearance?
Answer. In the main story about Cinderella, the prince falls in love with her when he sees her at the ball pretty and dolled up…but when he finds her and puts on the glass slipper she looks poor, his feeling doesn’t change for her because they are already in love…so what I think is that people fall in love with someone because of visual and physical appearance they have for one another and in Cinderella, I feel that it’s like that. if someone looks well then it would be easier to fall in love with them.
Need ideas for a title of an essay I am writing on cinderella?
- Cinders: Love in ash and ruins
- Are you about to propose or is that a pumpkin in your tights?
- Glass is slimming: A Cinderella guide to Shoes
- My glass slipper in your ***: Stepmothers and how to assert yourself.
- Pillow fights in the sorority: Stepsisters and how to distract them.
- One day my Prince will come: A revision of Eighties pop icons
- My Fairy Godmother: Taxation and Tithes, how to beat the bailiffs.
- Button-Down Boy: Gustav, a serfs tale
- Soot: The new Garnier?
- My Coach Leaves at Midnight: 12 plausible excuses for ditching the loser.
Cinderella is a story found in some form or other in almost every culture in the world. Almost every country has a story about a poor mistreated girl who is denied the enjoyment of a fun event, i.e. the prince’s ball, a festival, a parade, etc., meets a benefactor because of her virtue who helps her, & the story ends with a happy ending, usually an auspicious marriage.
The students can discuss universal moral principals such as treating everyone, even those who are not privileged fairly & with kindness, acceptable social behavior, and the rewards of hard work & the ability to hope or dream even in unhappy circumstances. Additionally, the students will learn that fortunes can change unexpectedly.
The person who has nothing could become someone who is in a position of influence in the near future. The lesson students can learn from the Chinese Cinderella is to be nice, and kind if you want to be treated well in return. If you mistreat others, you may live to regret it.
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