Evolution of Cinderella

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The Evolution of Cinderella through time

Fairy tales evolve over time as they are told from generation to generation, regardless if they are passed on by word of mouth or through print. Some have great variations; some are the same except a few mini details. No matter what the differences, they all have the moral in common at the heart of the story. With Cinderella, one learns that despite being unappreciated and doomed to serving others, as long as you are kind natured and a truly good person, your dreams will come true. Cinderella is one of the most well-known and popular fairy tales of all time. Why this is, is a little unclear. Perhaps it is because her story is so straight forward and simple. As with the moral her tale presents; Good things come to good people. Cinderella is forced to become a virtual servant in her own home. She is forced to “scoured the dishes, tables, etc. And rubbed madam’s chamber, and those of the misses her daughters” (Walker, 2). Yet she doesn’t complain and does the work diligently. In the end, her loving qualities win over the heart of the Prince and her beauty shines through not only from the outside, but her inner beauty as well. Throughout time, the story of Cinderella has changed very little. With minimal exceptions, the stories from different eras are very near the same. What kind of father would let his new wife send his only daughter to sleep on the hard floor while the others slept in the comfort of beds made with the finest materials around? This was one of the main differences throughout the Cinderella stories. In The Little Glass Slipper, Cinderella’s father was so saddened and upset by his new wife and her children because of their rudeness and unwillingness to listen and he eventually fell ill and died. This in turn leaves Cinderella to fend for herself with her stepmother and two stepsisters. In the History of Cinderella, she never told her father of her step mother’s or her step sisters...
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