Critique of “Cinderella: Not So Morally Superior”
Author: Elisabeth Panttaja
In The essay Cinderella: Not So Morally Superior by Elisabeth Panttaja, the author analyzes the classic fairy tale that most of us have grown up knowing of Cinderella. The author’s analysis is a bit abrupt and right to the point, but also cleverly stated. The authors essay is about Cinderella being crafty, and not the normal perception of Cinderella being a princess who is virtuous and patient. It is also described in the essay that Cinderella may not be as motherless as it seems in the classic fairy tale. We think to assume that because she has magical powers looking over her that she is also of hierarchy morally. It is an example of the complexity in what is portrayed as a simple story. A story about good Vs. Evil, and good always overcomes.
The author starts the essay by talking about the opening scene in the story. The author tells that Cinderella is not so much motherless but actually very well mothered. In the essay it’s examined when Cinderella plants a twig on her deceased mother’s grave, and then the twig grows and becomes a hazel tree, then becomes enlivened with enchanted birds. The hazel tree grows and gives magic to Cinderella as promised and helps her to become married. The author explains that the two mothers (good and evil) are actually very much similar. They are both willing to do whatever it takes to make sure their daughters are well. Also it is examined how Cinderella is in competition for the prince. Rather than sweeping the prince off his feet with Cinderella’s good looks and great charm, that is all overlooked because Cinderella is under the power of magic, and the clothing that her mother (the enchanted hazel tree) provided for her. Her clothing has special magical powers and the Prince is in love with Cinderella, but for all the wrong reasons.
In factuality, in the Grimms version of the story Cinderella, Cinderella is deformed. The clothes transform a...
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