Analyzing Cinderella by Anne Sexton Essay

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Cinderella
Cinderella is a childhood fairytale that we all love and remember. It is a tragedy that turns into love and happily ever after in the end. In contrast to this popular story, Anne Sexton's version of Cinderella is a dark and twisted version of the classic fairy tale. It takes on a whole new perspective and is fairly different from the childhood fairytale that most of society knows. The poem takes less of a focus on the happy ever after in Cinderella and makes it into vivid bloody and violent images. She retreats more toward the pain and neglect. The poem is not based off the Disney version of Cinderella, but rather original dark version by Brothers Grimm. Sexton uses a very sarcastic and
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Both of her parents were alcoholics and often neglected her. She had the thoughts that her parents were going to abandon her. Her mother was not a stable parent and was in a different state of mind. This could be the reason why she wrote about the love Cinderella's mother had for her because she longed for the love and attention from her parents. While Anne got sexually abused by her father, Anne's sisters were treated with love and care. The only person that did not neglect her and treated her with love was her grandmother. As one can see, Sexton has a lot of similarities with Cinderella. Cinderella was abused and neglected by her family just like Sexton was. This can be portrayed by the stepmothers and stepsisters ruthlessness toward Cinderella. The sexual abuse by her father can be interpreted in the poem as the lack of the father Cinderella had. Also, Sexton's father showed love towards her sisters just as Cinderella's father showed love to her stepsisters. A social issue that is very big and trending is a woman's image in society. Cinderella could not go to the ball because she did not have clothes to wear. She could not go as herself because the prince would have immediately rejected her because of who she really is and what family she comes from. The white dove supplied her with a gold dress (which represents wealth) and slippers . Now that she is dressed accordingly, she could go to the ball. The prince would have never picked her if she had not been

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