A fairy tale can be classically defined as a fanciful tale of legendary deeds and creatures

A fairy tale can be classically defined as a fanciful tale of legendary deeds and creatures

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
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
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 04/14/2008 for the course ENGLISH 1300 taught by Professor Dr.otto during the Spring '07 term at Texas Tech.

Page1 / 4

A fairy tale can be classically defined as a fanciful tale of legendary deeds and creatures

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online