FAIRY - Lizzie Murdter Academic Writing 104 The Victim In...

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Lizzie Murdter Academic Writing 104 The Victim In their tales, the Brothers Grimm frequently focus on a disadvantaged character. The victims utilized in the Brothers Grimm tale, “Cinderella” and Ursula Le Guin’s “The One’s who walk Away from Omelas” demonstrate a sharp contrast between how each victim fares. Without this contrast, the stories would lose their luster. By the Grimm characterization, the victim must always triumph in the end. In the Brothers Grimm tale of Cinderella, the victim lives amongst jewels and fancy dresses, yet cannot partake in the aristocratic lifestyle. Cinderella is the sole heir to her father’s fortune, yet has no access to it. After her mother’s death, the shift in her status in the family occurred, creating a completely new enviorment for her. Cinderella must clean and cook, toil and suffer, in order to serve her purpose as a ‘cinder maid’. She sleeps among the ashes for warmth and frequently hides in the chicken coop for solace and safety (Grimm 122). Without access to amiable humans, Cinderella forges relations with nature and the spirit of her loving mother. Cinderella falls into bad fortune upon the death of her mother. Grimm’s “Cinderella” is made a mockery of, after events fall not exactly in her favor. Her mother dies after assuring her she will look after Cinderella, promising; “good God will always protect you and I will look down from heaven and be near you” (Grimm 121). Cinderella remains “pious and good,” (Grimm, 123) which ultimately insures her joyful end. Cinderella is able to pray at the tree, three times a day, which supernaturally arose from the hazel branch at her mother’s grave. Nature and natural forces aid her, mainly the
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turtle doves and pigeons and tree. The tree gives her a dress of “silver and gold” and she receives a second dress even more beautiful than the first, from the tree. Her naivety in believing that her step mother will allow her to go to the ball aids the reader in developing sympathy for Cinderella. Cinderella suffers through torment, yet receives a just reward for her purity. Cinderella’s step mother admonishes her for not having clothes (which her
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This essay was uploaded on 04/20/2008 for the course ENG 104 taught by Professor Sanders during the Spring '08 term at Goucher.

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