The Cinderella storyline is arguably one of the most well-known storylines in history. Despite countless adaptations, changes and edits by various cultures, societies, and groups to improve its relativity and appeal to audiences the underlying theme remains the same. Simply stated, Cinderella is about transformation. It is about the evolvement of the character and positive change. Ignoring the cinder-covered rags, the poor family situation and royal wedding often portrayed as main elements in Western versions of the fairytale, one sees the broad potential the story holds. Sticking your nose into different written versions or checking out the movie section of Best Buy or Wal-Mart superstores and the like for modern renditions will do the same. The result is endless transformational opportunities leading the Cinderella storyline to apply to 10s or hundreds variants worldwide. These transformations occur in one of two ways: inward and outward. Moral change, self-evaluation, personal discovery, or development of the protagonist’s character often demonstrates an inward transformation. Outward include physical appearance, justice, or the enhancement of the character’s wealth or position. Charles Perrault’s long-standing and widely accepted version of Cinderella is an outward, transformation to marry her already sweet, genuine nature and overlooked physical beauty. She trades her cinder-covered rags, housework, and dysfunctional family for the finest clothes, royal living, and a smitten prince. Perrault’s version and ones that include outward transformations are most easily recognizable as adaptions of the Cinderella. More recent renditions include “Ella Enchanted” and “The Princess Diaries” both starring Anne Hathaway and both include a misunderstood, sorry-stated girl who progresses to royalty. “A Cinderella Story” and “She’s the Man” represent poorly- treated, out-of-place teen girl who, with the help of good friends and gusto win over the starting...
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