Cinderella Analysis Essay

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Cinderella is an 1950 animated fairy tale that tells the story of a pretty young woman who resides with her wicked stepmother and stepsisters who have taken control of her late father 's estate and have reduced her to a maid. Cinderella defies her stepmother and through the help of her fairy godmother attends the Grand Ball, where the Prince falls in love with her. The next day, the Duke is dispatched to find the girl whose foot fits Cinderella 's glass shoe, left behind due to her haste in returning home from the Ball, where after Cinderella is married to the Prince and they live happily ever after. Unlike popular notion of Cinderella modelling a hope for young girls, I believe Cinderella is a portrayal of inferiority of women.…show more content…
Gender roles is another concept that is conspicuously represented in the movie. Gender norms and stereotypes are specific activities and behavior norms that are gendered for males and females. The sole purpose of the Grand Ball was to avail every eligible bachelorette the opportunity to mingle with the Prince, rooted in the hope of landing a marriage proposal from him. This creates and shows the false impression that marriage is the ultimate life goal of women. Society pressures women to regard marriage as very important, to the extent of earning precedence over education. In fact, education doesn 't even come up in the movie. An article on America during the 1950 's read “...women felt tremendous societal pressure to focus their aspirations on a wedding ring” (“People & Events: Mrs. America: Women’s Roles in the 1950s”, 2001). Consequently, women grow up conforming to these biases and become dependent on the provisions of their partners whilst relegated to housekeeping roles including washing, cleaning and cooking without following their own dreams and purpose.

Similarly, the concept of objectification is depicted in the movie. Objectification refers to the representation of a person, usually a woman, as a mere object or thing without regard to his/her self-worth or personality. In Cinderella, women are objectified and treated merely as ownership objects. The invitation of the women to the Grand Ball just so the Prince can "select one amongst them" is very condescending and morally problematic. Clearly, women are shown as mere objects to be owned, which is a very inferior attribution of the worth of
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