A fairy tale can be classically defined as a fanciful tale of legendary deeds and creatures, usually
intended for children. Some classic examples of fairytales would be, Snow White and the Seven
Dwarfs, The Sword and the Stone, Peter Pan, and probably the most famous of all of them
Cinderella. Cinderella is more than just a fairytale. Cinderella is more than a Caucasian woman
coming up in the world after being rescued by her prince charming and thrown into a world of
extreme delight. Cinderella is about staying true to one’s self; While waiting for your future to
expand right before your eyes, regardless if you are Caucasian, African American, Hispanic, Asian,
or even Native American. Cinderella is more than what I stated above; Cinderella is a situation that
you must rise from successfully, not a matter of social status.
There were all kinds of Cinderella’s in different stories. There were different races
with different circumstances, and different ways out of their struggle. Whether, it
was a step mom, step sister, or a neglectful father who inflicted the abuse.
Regardless of the struggle or hardship, in the end the character of Cinderella always
prevailed. Even though Cinderella is a fairy tale of big proportions it leaves a sense
of wonderment that can leave you hoping for a way out similar to the original.
That’s why fairy tales are so effective in getting people’s attention. Fairy tales take
you out of the real world and set you in a place where anything goes and anything
can happen. People can believe that if they continue to keep a positive attitude and
continue to work hard they will eventually be rewarded. Whether they’re rewarded
with compensation, a husband, or just a simple way out of their struggle, they are
happy because they are better off than they were before. A way out equals freedom
in anyone’s eyes.
The original Cinderella set a precedent for other versions to come. Not all versions
of Cinderella involve fairy god mothers or horse drawn carriages. In Jakob and
Wilhelm Grimm’s version of Cinderella, a young girl’s mother becomes sick and
dies leaving her with her father. Her father feels her pain and is always there for her
when she needs him but when he receives a new wife, the daughter is quickly
forgotten. Her stepsisters receive more attention from her father than she does and
they are not even his own flesh and blood. Instead of her receiving wishes from a
wand or a pumpkin turned into an extravagant carriage, this Cinderella asked for
something different. The story states that Ashputtle asked for she asked “break off
the first branch that hit his hat on his way home, and bring it to me” (665). This
doesn’t seem like much, but she received a great blessing from it. She planted the