22 September 2012
Cinderella’s Happy Ending
In the essay Cinderella: Not So Morally Superior, Elisabeth Panttaja, she speaks about the fairy tale of Cinderella having a happy ending and successful in the story. The author explains how Cinderella is not so motherless; instead, her deceased mother is with her through the whole the story. The author wants the readers to understand that Cinderella is well mothered and she has a happy ending. Panttaja explains how Cinderella has defeated her step mother and her daughters. The author states the fairytale is about mother and daughter bonding and their loving relationship never dies. Panttaja describes how the deceased mother has prevailed and kept her promise to her daughter after death.
Panttaja wants her readers to understand the highlights of this fairytale. In the story, Cinderella’s mother gives her advice that after she is gone, she will be looking down from heaven and take care of her. While Cinderella enduring abuse and being torch by her step- mother and her daughters, she falls powerlessness. Cinderella thinks of her deceased mother’s advice and begins scheming against them. With her mother’s advice in her head, she overcomes all her problems and overpowers her enemies. Panttaja describes her main idea of the story, Cinderella does marry the prince, but not for love. She is successful in live by becoming a member of nobility. Is her mother really dead ? No, because of Cinderella’s success and marrying the prince and overpowering her step-mother and her daughters signifies that her mother is well alive and caring for just as she has promised Cinderella before she died. Cinderella’s mother is with her always protecting and loving her just as she would have done if she were alive. Panttaja states how Cinderella’a mother keeping her promise to her loyal daughter after death and using magical influence in her daughter ‘s life. (pg. 660)