Comparing Yexian And Cinderella In Grimm's Fairy Tale

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Abstract: There are many folk tales around the world. One of the most popular story is Cinderella. Many people mentioned Cinderella will associate the story which collection of Grimm’s Fairy Tales. In the 19th century, this story was collected by the bothers Grimm. In Tang dynasty, the story of Cinderella began to spread among the crowd. Then, Duan Chenshi collected this story in his book--Miscellanies of Youyang, and named it as Yexian. There are 1000 years span between Yexian and Cinderella, but there were points of similarity between them. This paper compares the story of Cinderella and the story of Yexian, and explores the cultural differences between the two stories. Keywords: Cinderella; cultural difference; similar plots; folk tale…show more content…
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