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Dejan Cvetkovic Writing 140/ A2 (Revised) Anupa Srinivasan/ TTH 8-9:15 12/1/05 The way Fairy Tales Shape our Lives Short stories and fairy tales have been a part of the social portrayal of family forms for centuries. Passed down from generation to generation, they have taught us how to look at, and perceive the way families function in today’s society, or how they ought to function. Stories teach us about life’s lessons and the consequences that accompany the choices an individual makes. Each story is filled with ideologies: social, economic, financial, physical and emotional. They create the social ideas that we live with today. We perceive all the ideas in these stories to be true, since at a young age we do not know any better. Though fairy tales are a large part of our upbringing, they do not always contain positive ideologies. In “Cinderella” the ideas about family forms, beauty, power, hope, and society in general are all portrayed in a negative light and gives young children a misguided perception of the way the world works. “Cinderella”, one of the most well known fairy tales in the world was originally told for the first time in China. Ironically, this is also where the glass slipper metaphor comes from: in China a woman’s foot is a sign of beauty. The story has been retold over the years and there are about 500 known versions in the world today. The story is about a very beautiful girl whose father has passed away and she has been left to live with her stepmother and two stepsisters. Both the mother and the stepsisters are jealous of Cinderella’s beauty and she is forced to become a servant in her own house, cooking cleaning, and tending every wish of these women. One day Cinderella receives a stroke 1
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of luck and her fairy godmother (through magic) helps her attend the ball where Prince Charming is forced to find a wife. Prince Charming is taken by her beauty, but at the stroke of midnight, Cinderella must leave the ball or the prince will know her true identity. As she is leaving, she loses her glass slipper, and the next day the prince searches the whole kingdom until he finds the girl to whom the shoe belongs. At the end,
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