11 February 2014
Cinderella’s Happily Ever After
Throughout the history of literature, the tale of Cinderella has always been portrayed as a fairy tale that ends with happily ever after. However, to some writers the tale of Cinderella isn’t so simple and sweet. Roald Dahl, British novelist and poet, tells the tale of Cinderella in a more gory and dark way. He views the story in a light different than what most poets and writers see, and ultimately the fairy tale takes a trip down a path that most people aren’t used to. Anne Sexton, an American poet, also adds her own little twist to the Cinderella story that we all love and know. With her violent and bloody descriptions, Sexton focuses on the common theme of happily ever after but views the fairy tale from a realistic perspective. The Brothers Grimm version of Cinderella also brings the realistic aspect of a happily ever after to light. This story resembles a lot like Sexton’s and both exploit the popular theme. Each version of the famous fairy tale Cinderella all have one thing in common. All three abandon the innocent story of Cinderella, but the focus on the common theme of a happily ever after still remains present. However, in each of these stories the theme of a happily ever after is portrayed realistically, exploiting the thought of a fairy tale relationship being possible in the real world.
In Anne Sexton’s Cinderella, the original soft and magical storyline takes a drastic turn. Cinderella’s mother was married to a rich man, but passes away and her husband remarries another woman with two daughters. She becomes the new family’s maid and has to perform work around the house just like in the fairy tale everyone knows. One day when her father returns home from town, Cinderella gets presented a twig which eventually grows into a tree on her mother’s grave after she plants it there. The tree becomes home to a magical white dove that grants all...
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