A Comparison Of Cinderella And Cinderella

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Imagine a woman, beautiful and sweet and very humble. She comes from a poor family, but has rich qualities. Does this sound like an Iraqi lady? Cinderella is a story of a beautiful young lady that is taken advantage of by her father’s new wife and her stepsisters. But in the end, she gets all of her wishes with the help of a fairy godmother and lives happily ever after. That is the French Version. In the Iraqi tale, the stepmother is nice at first, but becomes jealous of the child’s beauty. The godmother is a little red fish too. Despite the chores and bad treatment being a similarity, the godmother figures and magical transformations are different. To begin with, Cinderella had chores and was treated badly, which was similar in both stories.…show more content…
She could not bear the good qualities of this pretty girl, and the less because they made her own daughters appear the more odious. She employed her in the meanest work of the house. She scoured the dishes, tables, etc., and cleaned madam's chamber, and those of misses, her daughters. She slept in a sorry garret, on a wretched straw bed, while her sisters slept in fine rooms, with floors all inlaid, on beds of the very newest fashion, and where they had looking glasses so large that they could see themselves at their full length from head to foot.…show more content…
“This godmother of hers, who was a fairy, said to her, ‘You wish that you could go to the ball; is it not so?’ . . . her godmother the touched her with her wand, at the same instant, her clothes turned into cloth of gold and silver, all beset with jewels. This done, she gave her a pair of glass slippers, the prettiest in the whole world.” (Perrault). Yet in the Iraqi tale “One day a little red fish spoke to her ‘child with such patience to endure, I beg you now, my life secure, throw me back into the water, and now and always be my daughter.’” (“Little Red Fish”) These godmother figures are the only things keeper Cinderella together in these stories and gives her all of her wishes. They may be different, but the concepts are the same, but the magical transformations are not

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