Comparison Of Cinderella And The Grimm Brothers's Story

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Everyone knows the classic “Cinderella” story, a young girl, called Cinderella, is a servant to her step-mother and step-sisters, who force her to cook and clean for them. The prince has a ball at the castle to find a bride, and Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother gives her a beautiful dress to go to the ball in, but it will turn to rags at the stroke of midnight. Cinderella goes to the ball and falls in love with the prince, but when the clock strikes midnight, she runs away from him. While running away, she leaves one glass slipper on the stairway in her wake. The next day the prince uses this slipper to find his bride. When Cinderella tries on the slipper, the Prince realizes he has found his mystery bride, and everyone lives happily ever after. …show more content…
In the Grimm Brother’s story, Cinderella’s father was alive throughout the entire tale, but in Disney’s adaptation, Cinderella’s father died soon after he married his second wife. By having her father die, Disney gave the feeling that he would not have let his second wife mistreat Cinderella, but once he died her step-mother had no obstacles in her way of enslaving Cinderella. This is contrary to the Grimm Brothers’ story, where Cinderella’s father is alive and allows Cinderella to be mistreated. The drastic difference in the stories perception of Cinderella’s father is plainly displayed in the text of both stories. In the Disney tale, the narrator says “he was a kind and devoted father and he gave his beloved child every luxury and comfort” (Cinderella). In the Grimm Brothers’ story, when the prince arrives trying to find his bride with the slipper, Cinderella’s father says, “No… there is only a deformed little Cinderella from my first wife, but she cannot possible be the bride” (Grimm). As you see Cinderella’s father is portrayed as much more of a caring, loving father in the Disney tale than in the Grimm Brothers’ account. Cinderella’s mother is also portrayed in a much different light in the Disney story. In the Grimm Brothers’ tale, the death of Cinderella’s mother is much more emphasized in the plot of the story than in the Disney adaptation. Cinderella “went out to her mother 's grave every day and …show more content…
Another large difference in the stories is her guardian angel who watches over her, and more popularly, gave Cinderella her beautiful ball gown for the ball. In the Grimm Brothers’ story, there is a white bird in a tree at her mother’s grave granted her wished and provided for her. On the night of the ball she went to the tree and said “shake and quiver, little tree, throw gold and silver down to me” (Grimm).Then, a beautiful silver and gold gown appeared along with golden shoes. In the Disney story, Cinderella made her own dress from old fabric and beads her step-sisters had thrown away, but when her sisters saw she used their old things, they tore them off of her and ruined the dress she made. Cinderella went and wept in the garden, where her fairy-god-mother appeared and in saying, “bippity-boppity-boo” (Cinderella), she granted her a ball gown and a carriage. Disney has a far more glamorous interpretation of Cinderella’s guardian than the Grimm Brothers did, perhaps to provide a bit more happiness to the

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