Cinderella is a tale synonymous with violence, bloodshed, and missing eyeballs. In reality, this is only a portion of one version of the Cinderella story, the Grimm Brothers “Cinderella”. Two other well known renditions of the Cinderella story are the Little Golden Book Cinderella as well as the 2015 Disney Film Cinderella. The similarities and differences in these three adaptations of Cinderella are clearly seen by analyzing the theme, how death is expressed, and the portrayal of the animal helpers archetype in each iteration of the story. The themes of all three versions of Cinderella are distinctive but are all correlated in some way.
Compare and Contrast Essay Once upon a time there was a story about a girl named Cinderella. There have been many versions of this story written. There is a version for almost every culture, but they all lead back to the original version told by the Brother’s Grimm. Although the story has changed through time, the main plot stays the same. Cinderella is a young girl who is forced into being a servant for her family.
Since the 1930’s, Disney has been producing adaptations of fairy tales. Disney is known for their use of stereotypical images which is prominent still in today’s society. The first Disney film emerged with the adaptation of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and soon after that came Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. Since the beginning, when the fairy tale princesses were “born”, it became evident that young girls and women were trying to imitate their behaviors. Young girls and women identify themselves as these character which affects not only how they view themselves but also their future roles in society based on the girls’ unrealistic beliefs.
From its onset with its first feature-length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937, Disney has grown to become a worldwide phenomenon today. But over the years, various parent groups, scholars and film critics have accused Disney for creating shallow, stereotypical princesses whose ultimate aim was to find her 'prince charming ' and live happily ever after. In her article, “What’s Wrong With Cinderella?” in the New York Times, Peggy Orenstein expresses her concern over the effect of princess figures like Cinderella on young girls ' perceptions of themselves and how they should behave (“What’s Wrong With Cinderella?”). However, the later Disney films have gradually attempted to break away from this stereotype resulting in stronger female characters like Ariel, Mulan, and Elsa among others. Keeping this transition in mind, this paper uses semiotic analysis of four popular Disney films, namely, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), The Little Mermaid (1989) and Mulan (1998) to depict the influence of societies ' changing perceptions of women on the portrayal of Disney princesses.
The Grimm brothers however have a different point of view on that matter. They feel that what you do will come back to haunt you and you can’t be a sinful person and be forgiven. Cinderella was always kind and compassionate and she got rewarded for that, she married the prince and escaped her horrible life. She no longer weeps at her mother’s grave and cries herself to
When I was little, all I wanted to see was Disney movies, especially Cinderella. It is a sweet, feel- good fairy tale that’s just so gripping. But, have you ever noticed how different the film is to the original story? There are many similarities and differences when you compare the two versions. The Brothers Grimm story is about a young girl named Ella that had her mother die when she was really little.
“The Little Glass Slipper” and “Aschenputtel” by the Brothers Grimm are two very common Cinderella stories. Every version of Cinderella mostly focuses on the same main points and ideas but has different details. “Aschenputtel” and “The Little Glass Slipper” are very similar stories, but they contrast in characteristics and details.
Gender roles have been noticeable in Disney films especially the Disney Princess series. Women are typically portrayed as a princess, homemaker, or queen while men are portrayed as strong, dominant and authority characters. The portrayal of the prince or knights in the movies usually highlighted with the strong and powerful characteristic, whereas the Disney princesses are weak, vulnerable and being protected. According to Tiffany, gender stereotypes and behaviours illustrations are very common in Disney culture and their depictions have become sophisticated over the years especially those of female characters. In the early 20th century American style, the princess was shown through a traditional fairy tale and they needs rescuing by the nearby prince.
In a “Doll House” Nora’s husband was not her prince and knight in shining amour, but for Mathilda she had her knight and shinning amour all along. When young girls imagine about a doll house they imagine the perfect doll, Barbie and Ken, with the prettiness outfits and accessories to match as well as the perfect family. Nora is a pretty woman, but expressionless and quite unintelligent. Nora has a husband who treats her like a helpless child and is more worried about his place in society. As compared to the fairy tale Cinderella her husband could be the evil step mother who belittles Cinderella.
While many think Cinderella it is thought of a poor girl that had a good life with her parents. Cinderella had a mother and a Father at the beginning of all three versions of Cinderella. The Father figure and Cinderella had a terrible woman live with them because The Father thought that Cinderella would need a Mother figure since her biological mother had passed away, right? Well, many people think that but what if the ways the interpretation of Cinderella is about to change. The three tales of Cinderella analyzed have very similar structure and substance, themes, archetypes like the circle and of course the Godmother character deviates significantly from each other.