Cinderella Story: Reality vs. Fantasy
There are many versions of the Cinderella story. Here I will discuss and compare the original Grimm Brothers’ version with the Disney version. First, I will give a general overview of the common story. Second, I will describe the main differences and similarities between the plots of the two versions. Third, I will discuss the different audiences they were intended for. Finally, I will explain the moral teachings of both versions. The story of Cinderella is very well known, and at some point every little girl has dreamt of becoming a Cinderella. This is the story of a girl that gets mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters, even though she’s loving, caring and kind. She lost her mother when she was little and is forced to become the servant of her own house. On a certain day there is a ball for the Prince and all the women of the kingdom are invited. Although she completes all her chores beforehand, her stepmother does not grant her permission to attend. While her sisters and stepmother are at the ball her fairy godmother (a character which varies depending on the version) appears and helps her get dressed to attend the ball, but warns that she must return before midnight because after that the magic is gone. When she gets to the ball, the prince takes notice of Cinderella and they dance all night. When the clock strikes midnight she remembers the warning given to her and runs towards the exit. The Prince chases her but can not catch up to her. However, he notices that Cinderella left one of her slippers behind. In order to find her, the Prince orders that all the women in the kingdom must try on the slipper, and that he will marry the one with a perfect fit. The story ends with Cinderella proving she was the owner of the lost slipper and becoming the Princess.
Disney’s version of Cinderella is kind and soft. It is intended mainly for children. As all Disney stories, this one also includes a kind-hearted...
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