Cinderella Analysis

1193 Words 5 Pages
Bettelheim and Cullen are two widely respected authors who wrote articles about fairy tales, or more specifically for Cullen, versions of Cinderella. Kids of all ages read the classic tale Cinderella, and many other fairy tales. Bettelheim writes about fairy tales being much more beneficial to kids than modern stories. He provides examples of “Rapunzel”, a classic fairy tale that provides children with more than just an escape, “The Little Engine That Could”, and “The Swiss Family Robinson” two modern stories that do not add hope to a child’s mind but provides a temporary escape. Cullen writes about the many centuries of Cinderella like stories and why Perrault’s version ended up on top. These articles may not seem to coincide, but both Bettelheim …show more content…
When Cullen explains D’Aulnoy’s version of Cinderella, she says, “When their parents abandon Finette and her sisters, she engineers daring escapes for all three. They plot against her, but Finette remains loyal. With a God Mothers help she finds some magnificent clothing and triumphs at the ball.” (Cullen 320) When someone reads D’Aulnoys version of Cinderella and “Rapunzel” these two quotes prove that in each fairy tale somebody always comes and rescues the princess, which is something the readers need. Readers also need to feel that the evil will receive their much-deserved fate. Fairy tales are good because the protagonist is always rewarded and the evil is always defeated. Kids need to feel that the evil has been defeated for them to thoroughly enjoy the story being read. “In the traditional fairy tale, the hero is rewarded and the evil person meets his well deserved fate, thus satisfying the child’s deep need for justice to prevail.”(Bettelheim 306) Is one of many points in Bettelheim’s article, “Fairy Tales and Modern Stories” this shows that Bettelheim believes fairy tales are better than modern stories because it gives children this feeling. At one point Cullen says, “The heroine plants a tree on her mothers grave …show more content…
This is a good example because it shows the evil step sisters receiving their well deserved fate, something readers strive for in order to feel satisfied that the evil is no longer in control and the protagonist often times continues their happily ever after. Bettelheim made many good points. He says that fairy tales offer kids escape fantasies and hope for their future. Cullen then backs him up when she talks about Finette liberating herself through power. He also gives the example of how “Rapunzel” gives readers the sense that they will be rescued, then Cullen supplied another example of how Finette also had a rescuer, her godmother, in D’Aulnoys version. Then lastly, Bettelheim explains that readers feel the need for the “evil” in fairy tales to be defeated in some sort of way, and once again Cullen backs up Bettelheim’s point when she says that Finette’s evil step sisters reached their “well deserved fate” when the birds peck out their eyes at her wedding. These articles may not seem to coincide, but both Bettelheim and Cullen offer the ideas that fairy tales offer an escape, revenge to the evil in these stories, and that

Related Documents

Related Topics