A Rhetorical Analysis Of Cinderella Ethos

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Bianca Mendoza

English 102

Rhetorical analysis

Cinderella Not So Morally Superior Cinderella clean the floors, Cinderella we need our breakfast, Cinderella where are our dresses! When we hear about Cinderella what comes to mind? Growing up when someone talked about Cinderella it was to talk about how she was mistreated. Cinderella was always given chores, and she never got the opportunity to have fun. She had no one on her side. Her mom passed away when she was born and, her father remarried the worst person he could find. Then after he remarried he died as well, leaving everything to her step mother. As the story goes on we discover Cinderella has a godmother that helps her go to the ball where she meets the love of her life. In Elisabeth Panttaja’s article “Cinderella Not So Morally Superior,” we get a different feel for who Cinderella really is and all the hidden meanings. Elisabeth portrays the true side of Cinderella using pathos, logos, and ethos in her article.
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Panttaja is now showing her audience that Cinderella is not who they thought she was. Panttaja believes Cinderella’s mother has a main role in the story, and that Cinderella is a lying, deceiving, and serpentine character. Cinderella was never really alone. She had someone with her every step of the way. Even though it was not someone in person she still had someone that was helping her. Cinderella is not the innocent girl we see in every story or

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