In the story, Cinderella by the Grimm Brothers, the protagonist, Cinderella, endures seemingly unbeatable obstacles on her path to love. The evil stepsisters exemplify a forbidding obstacle that the protagonist of the story must overcome. The constant toxicity and menial tasks that the sisters placed on Cinderella made the task of going to the ball difficult for her. The stepsisters in Cinderella are similar to the green gremlin monsters in the film Destino in that they hinder the progress of the protagonist. The female protagonist in Destino was dancing around when these gremlin monsters ripped away her dress leaving her with a new problem to face.
Cinderella is a tale synonymous with violence, bloodshed, and missing eyeballs. In reality, this is only a portion of one version of the Cinderella story, the Grimm Brothers “Cinderella”. Two other well known renditions of the Cinderella story are the Little Golden Book Cinderella as well as the 2015 Disney Film Cinderella. The similarities and differences in these three adaptations of Cinderella are clearly seen by analyzing the theme, how death is expressed, and the portrayal of the animal helpers archetype in each iteration of the story. The themes of all three versions of Cinderella are distinctive but are all correlated in some way.
It revolves around the flight of the princess to escape the awful marriage to his father (Perrault, 1977). Charles Perrault uses the princess’ character to reveal the major themes of overcoming evil, child abuse and incest in the story. Perrault also brings out the moral that it is better to encounter awful challenges in life than to fail in one’s duty. He shows that although the virtue may seem unrealistic, it can always triumph. The author uses various literary devices to reveal the various morals of the story.
Beauty was definitely mentioned since the main character’s name was Beauty and she was the prettiest of the three sisters. The villain in the storyline would depend on the perspective of the tale. The two older sisters were always rude to Beauty, but on the other hand, Beauty’s father got into mischief which caused the Beast to take Beauty away from her father. The hero may be Beauty because she figured a way to create happiness even though she was away from her father. Another hero would be the Beast because he took her to his castle, away from Beauty’s mean
Also in both stories, Cinderella still fits into the slipper and the step-sister are caught for trying to be Cinderella. However in the Disney’s Cinderella everyone lives happily ever after. In contrast, in Grimm’s Cinderella the step-sisters do not live happily ever after instead they are blinded by the birds pecking their eyes out. Another difference between the two stories is in Disney’s Cinderella the two step-sisters try to put their feet into the slipper, but it was obvious that they were both too big, then Cinderella tried it one and it fit just right. However in Grimm’s Cinderella the two step-sisters cut their heels and toes to fit into the slipper.
Grimm’s Fairy Tales (1812) “Cinderella” and “Snow White”, and Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales (1837) “The Little Mermaid”, shows an existence of gender stereotypes occurring in a children’s story. Although fairy tales are an important part of children’s literature, in what way do they influence them? The debate is endless; however, people think the bad influence is mainly on the women because of the way they are stereotyped. The female’s roles in fairy tales characterize women not having their own independence, power, and voice to represent them. In these three stories, the women’s characters perpetuate the stereotypical gender message that the ideal woman is submissive in different ways.
In the Grimm Brothers version of Cinderella the theme is what you push out into the world is what people get in return. That is the message believed to come from the Grimm Brothers because she was treated badly and at the end the evil stepsisters get there eyes pecked out the helper birds that helped make Cinderella dress and shoes. In the Little Golden Book version of Cinderella the beloved theme is ensure kindness and carry courage with oneself and the rest will follow. That is believed to the theme because when Cinderella was kind and had courage everything good in her life followed, like her gog to the ball and having a new and fair life with the prince. In the 2015 Disney Film of Cinderella the theme is believed to be, have kindness and have
The play “A Doll House” by Henrik Ibsen and the short story “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant these two authors send messages that material wealth is not as important as love. Both women are modestly seen as a damsel in distress. The definition of a damsel in distress is a young woman in trouble (with the implication that the woman needs to be rescued) as by a prince in a fairy tale. In a “Doll House” and “The Necklace” both woman are placed in a predicament that requires their husbands saving. In a “Doll House” Nora’s husband was not her prince and knight in shining amour, but for Mathilda she had her knight and shinning amour all along.
Love Will Triumph Two fairytales express the meaning of what true love is. In The Princess Bride there is a noble farm girl Buttercup, who is later sought to be wed to a prince, Prince Humperdinck. Rapunzel from Tangled who has been held captive by Mother Gothel; who Rapunzel thought was her mother. These tales might have a few similarities, although different to some extent still alike. The two princesses are faced with challenges.
There are two different versions of “Cinderella”; there is a Walt Disney version and another version by Anne Sexton. Both of these versions are the same, but they are told to the reader differently. In both versions of the story, the authors describe a girl who was enslaved by her evil stepmother and her step sisters, who has shown jealousy towards her. However, the most important part, about the two versions of the “Cinderella” story told by Disney and Sexton is that both have different elements that are comparable and contrasting. The elements that compare and contrast both versions of the story are the plot, characters, characterization, and conflict.