Cinderella And The Loss Of Father Love Analysis

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Nicholas Koontz Mrs. Pearce PNW Honors 12 Eng 2 November 2016 “Cinderella’ and the Loss of Father-Love” and “‘Cinderella:’ A Story of Sibling Rivalry and Oedipal Conflicts” Comparative Critique The articles “‘Cinderella’ and the Loss of Father-Love” written by Jacqueline M. Schectman and “‘Cinderella:’ A Story of Sibling Rivalry and Oedipal Conflicts” written by Bruno Bettelheim are about the effects of a father remarrying and the stepfamily inclusion of the children. Both articles state that the stepfamily is not the main villain in the story; they state that the real issue is in Cinderella’s mind because of her fear of losing her mother and now her father, whom she loves more than almost anything in the world. Bettelheim regards the stepfamily…show more content…
Bettelheim hints that the stepsisters in the story are actually not terrible humans but are normal children. According to Bettelheim, the stepsisters are portrayed evil because the story is told from the inner thoughts of Cinderella, who is in direct competition with the stepsisters for her father’s love and the attention of the stepmother (par. 12). He states that sibling rivalry is “‘natural,’” and the only way to improve their status in the eyes of their parents is to prove dominance over the other siblings. Sibling rivalry is told as being complex and that it is difficult to determine the cause because the emotions by all persons are running high. These emotions lead to children thinking that their parents think of them less or that they are less than their siblings, which leads to misunderstood feelings and misrepresentation of the actual event. This is the very basis of the “Cinderella” story, according to Bettelheim. Schectman, on the contrary, says that not just Cinderella has experienced a loss; in fact, it was that everyone in the story had experienced a loss. The father lost his wife, the stepmother lost a husband, and the stepsisters lost a father. This gives the reader a look at Cinderella in a new and more natural light. Cinderella wants to be pitied, but the stepmother won’t pity her because she is dealing with her own loss. Schectman also states that Cinderella is fighting her own battle of acceptance because, as she sees it, her father is now having to split his love and attention from just her to incorporate the stepsisters and stepmother. Cinderella does not understand how her father can still love her as much as he did before the stepfamily came into the
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