Marxist Analysis Of Charles Perrault's The Little Glass Slipper

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In the radical marxist analysis of Charles Perrault 's, “The Little Glass Slipper”, Cinderella and even household rodents/plants teeter from part of the proletariat to aristocracy, showing that anyone or anything can easily become part of the aristocracy. Cinderella, who goes into the ball a part of the aristocracy, and comes out a part of the proletariat shows how easy Perrault makes it to become part of the aristocracy. Cinderella then again deceives the Prince with her materials possessions showing even a Prince, a major part of the aristocracy, can mix up beautiful princess and a peasant girl merely based on their clothing, reassuring that anyone can be associated with the aristocracy as long as they have material possessions. Also, simple…show more content…
The Prince in, “The Little Glass Slipper”, is only able to recognize Cinderella when she is in her aristocratic outfit, showing that material possessions are the key to the higher social classes. The Prince during the beginning of the ball sprints out to this “new princess” with such beauties leading to a sweep of silence over the ballroom as she walked in, leading to the the desisting of dancing and “violins [ceasing] to play” due to the fact that everyones eyes became fixated on the “unknown new-comer” (3). Perrault has the Prince at first sight see this aristocratic Princess, but underneath she has more to hide. An average man would think that he would be able to remember the “finest princess ever seen with with mortal eyes” (4), but Cinderella 's material possessions have him tricked. 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…show more content…
In the radical Marxist analysis of this fairy tale it is observed that materials are the link to becoming part of the aristocracy. Cinderella uses her material possessions to easily become a part of the aristocracy, while also tricking the Prince into thinking that she is part of the aristocracy. Perrault having Cinderella dynamically switching from proletariat to aristocracy shows exactly how easy it is to become part of the aristocracy. Perrault also shows the easy switch from proletariat to aristocracy with the items from around Cinderella 's house, as he changes them from useless items to extravagant items that help Cinderella become even more accepted into the aristocracy. In the radical Marxist analysis on Charles Perrault 's, “The Little Glass Slipper”, material possessions help characters and other things bounce from proletariat to aristocracy, showing how easy it is to become part of the aristocratic part
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