They were very mean to Cinderella, making her work all day cleaning, sewing, and cooking. She tried her best to make them happy. Cinderella's stepmother, Lady Tremaine, was cold, cruel, and jealous of Cinderella’s charm and beauty. She enjoyed giving Cinderella extra chores to do. One day, a messenger arrived with a special invitation.
This harsh theme is depicted in the suffering of the characters that wronged Cinderella. Most notably, in this version Cinderella’s stepsisters were blinded in one eye each by Cinderella’s bird friends at her wedding to the Prince. Furthermore, her Stepmother and Father fade out of the story, which prevents them from enjoying Cinderella’s riches as the wife of the Prince. The other two versions result in the stepsisters and stepmother fading from the story, but no one receives a direct punishment for harming Cinderella, as it occured in this story or in any other capacity. The other two versions touch more on the positive outcome of following the theme, mainly the prosperity of those whom Cinderella helps and Cinderella, herself.
To begin with, Cinderella consistently embodies the role of a domestic servant. Even in the very opening scene of the movie, Cinderella is summoned by a bell to begin cleaning her step-mother’s estate, and is also referred to as a “servant” in the opening narration (Jackson, Wilfred, et al). This label in the first five-minutes of the film exemplifies the oppression of Cinderella's character, as she is not treated as a human with equal rights. Furthermore, a study done by Elizabeth Dawn, a professor at Arizona State University, utilizing a coded analysis of the gendered traits in the Cinderella movie, reveals that Cinderella portrayed a total of 187 female characteristics during the movie, out of a total of 229 characteristics. The majority (80%) of the characteristics displayed are female and include the common ones of “nurturing” and “submissive”, exemplifying the gender norm of domestic activities being reserved for women, (Dawn).
Cinderella was loved by all her animals especially the mice, Gus and Jaq. Her step-sisters were very different from her. They were materialistic and did not like Cinderella. As time passed, Cinderella’s Father also passed away. At that moment, Lady Tremaine began to portray her hatred and jealousy for Cinderella’s beauty.
On top Cinderella is a beautiful princess, but underneath all of her material possessions lie her actual proletariat self. Perrault masks Cinderella to show that even regular aristocrats are tricked into thinking a regular house worker (Cinderella) can be linked to the aristocracy, based of off her materialistic appearance. The Prince was also “busied in gazing on her the whole night”, so one would come to the consensus that the Prince should have Cinderella 's face engraved into the back of his mind. Though this is not the case, even though Cinderella one the second day comes “dressed more magnificently than before”, the Prince loses his aristocratic Princess, as she is shifted back
Though the magic in Carrie was dark and, in truth, was not real magic at all, but, rather, it was simply her telekinetic abilities. However, in a sense, it can be viewed as the “magic” of the book, because it was Carrie’s telekinesis that allowed her to get the revenge she desired on those who had caused her so much pain and it was the thing that allowed her and everyone else to truly see who she was. Cinderella used magic to enact revenge on Drizella, Anastasia, and Lady Tremaine in a way as well. She allowed herself to prove to the Grand Duke that she was, in fact, the maiden that the Prince was so desperate to find. Magic was the key to Cinderella’s story, much as it was the key to Carrie’s.
In the story "Cinderella", Cinderella is a young girl who is abused and treated as a servant by her evil step-mother. This story can be analyzed from a feminist perspective. The story portrays the women using common negative stereotypes. For example, Cinderella's evil stepmother is widowed, old, ugly, and mean. She represents the stereotypes that women are cruel and jealous.
When Cinderella resolves to seek Strong Wind, she is decribed as having a burnt face, clothing patched with "bits of birch bark from the trees" and, "few little ornamets." (Macmillan 118) This is the basis for her physical identity. As the folkore progresses, it becomes apparent