Different Angles of Cinderella
Throughout the years, there have been several retellings of Cinderella. Some of the retellings are based on culture, the society at that particular moment and what would grab the audience attention. One of the most common retelling of Cinderella is: The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tale. There’s also the: Radio Plays for Children. One of the most recent retelling would have to be: A Cinderella Story. All three of the retellings leave the audience with a different interpretation of Cinderella. Never the less you will get the same moral of the story from all three.
The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tale, starts off by telling you that Cinderella mother has died and her father remarried. With his new a wife and two new step daughters, Cinderella becomes the servant of the family. From before daybreak to midnight, Cinderella carries water, lights fires, cooks and washes for the family. Her stepsisters would do everything in their power to make Cinderella’s job a difficult one. One day her father told them he was going to the fair. He first asked the stepdaughters what they wanted him to buy them and they replied asking for beautiful dresses and pearls and jewels. He then asked Cinderella what it is that she wanted and she asked for the first branch that knocked his hat off. What the girls asked for is exactly what he brought them back. As soon as he handed Cinderella the branch she immediately ran to her mother grave, planted it and cried on it. This became her daily routine three times a day until a beautiful tree began to grow.
The two stepsisters found out the King had planned a three day festival for the Prince to find a bride. Immediately the stepsisters called Cinderella into the room for her to do their hair and makeup in preparation for the festival. All Cinderella could do was cry because she wanted to go to the festival as well. She asked her stepmother if she could attend, only to hear her respond by saying, “covered in dust and dirt as you are, and would go to the festival? You have no clothes and shoes, and yet would dance!” (page 122) Even though her stepmother was being rude to Cinderella, that didn’t stop her from still asking if she could go. Her stepmother than bargains with her saying, “if she can empty the lentils from the ashes she could go to the festival”. Cinderella then goes outside and calls on the pigeons saying, “You tame pigeons, you turtle doves, and all you birds beneath the sky, come and help me pick, The good into the pot, The bad into the crop.” Ironically enough, that’s what the pigeons and turtle doves came in and did. Less than an hour passed and the birds had already finished. Cinderella went to tell her stepmother she finished her task, only to find out the stepmother still disapproved of her going to the festival with the rest of the family. Once again, Cinderella begged to be able to go to the festival with the family. The stepmother then gave Cinderella the same task that she had already completed. Again, Cinderella had to separate the lentils from the ashes, and called all the birds back to lend a helping hand. When they were finished, Cinderella went back and told her stepmother she had finished the task. Her stepmother told her once again, “All this will not help you; you cannot go with us, for you have no clothes and cannot dance; we should be ashamed of you!”
Once her family had left, Cinderella went to the hazel-tree and cried: “Shiver and quiver, little tree, Silver and gold throw down over me.” The bird then threw down a gold and silver dress down to her, and slippers embroidered with silk and silver. She then hurried and got dressed and went to the festival. Cinderella’s stepmother and stepsisters saw her at the festival, but it never crossed their mind that it was Cinderella. They believed she was a “foreign princess”. This explains how beautiful Cinderella looked that night. It was definitely her lucky night. She danced with the Prince the entire...
Cited: Grimm, Jacob. Grimm, Wilhelm “Cinderella.” The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Ed. Stern, James. Pantheon Books. New York. 1997. Print.
Watson, Katherine Williams, Radio Plays for Children, The H.W. Wilson Company,
New York, 1947
A Cinderella Story. Dir. Mark Rosman, Hilary Duff, and Chad Michael. Murray.
Perf. Hilary Duff. 2004. DVD.
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