Amy Steedman's Cinderella In Nursery Tales

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The literary world is constructed of many facets and dimensions, spanning from occurrences in the real world to the deepest recesses of the human mind and imagination. Though nothing is written without a purpose and that can be seen in all genres of literature, especially fairy tales. The idea behind fairy tales is to teach lessons to young children in a way that they can comprehend and learn from and the story of Cinderella is no different. Through symbolism in not only the text itself but illustrations capturing moments in the tale, writers all reference a specific lesson. The purpose of Cinderella is to give hope or suggest possibilities of a better life. This can be seen through symbols in illustrations by the use of different colors, a variety of animals, and other miscellaneous images integrated within the…show more content…
To begin, an artist has a powerful tool at their disposal in regards to the colors they utilize in their paintings and the meanings they can represent. Different shades of colors can represent a plethora of moods, tones, feelings, and even characteristics. One such artist who utilizes this is Paul Woodroffe, an artist who illustrated Amy Steedman’s rendition of Cinderella in Nursery Tales. In this painting there is a real stress between Cinderella and surprisingly the fairy godmother. Woodroffe painted Cinderella in the forefront of the image surrounded by light colors not only in her clothing but from the light of the fireplace as well. The whiteness of her clothing represents the purity as well as youth and innocence of the character Cinderella in a way that the modesty of her clothing cannot necessarily reach. This is further solidified by the warm colors shown from the emitting fire next to her, basking her in a warm and illuminating glow. Woodroffe combats these characteristics and colors when dealing with the fairy godmother surprisingly enough, giving
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