Female Evilness In Cinderella And Disney's Cinderella

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Similarly, Disney’s Cinderella presents a cruel and ambitious stepmother who attempts to arrange marriages for her ugly, foolish, and somewhat comical daughters. In the film, we see their miserable attempt to sing opera, (supposedly in order to appear more feminine) as the mother proudly oversees. In one of the last scenes, she desperately urges them to make the glass slipper fit, and while she doesn’t downright tell them to cut off their toes or heels as in the original (Grimm 119), the comic scene in itself seems to have a subtle layer of tragedy. While these examples prove that female ugliness in fairy tales and their adaptations corresponds to wickedness, and the latter is equivalent to ill-temper, the question of female independence still remains ambiguous. While independent women in fairy tales and their adaptations appear as strong-willed, ambitious, and manipulative individuals that stop at nothing to have their way, they are not entirely free of male authority. It is often the same authority that punishes these women in the end, whether it is by “death, banishment, or disintegration” (Rowe 218). For instance, in “Snow-white,” the girl’s evil stepmother is forced by the court to “dance herself on hot-iron shoes” until her death (qtd. Grimm in 218). Similarly, in Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, she is hunted down by the dwarves until she falls from a mountain cliff. Therefore, such women do not only face the consequence of their actions, but also the

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