Feminism In Campbell Grant's Cinderella

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Cinderella is a popular folk tale where a common girl goes from rags to riches. The story of Cinderella has received some criticism because Cinderella is too passive and has a man save her from her suffering. Revisions of traditional folk tales have become popular. Some authors do it to give it a modern day twist and have it reflect modern day society. Cinderella is one those stories that has slowly become modernizes with a feministic approach. The two Walt Disney versions Campbell Grant’s Cinderella and the 2015 film version with Lily James as Ella (Cinderella) have some similarities but major differences. While appearing similar, Branagh’s version gives Cinderella an identity and has a slight feministic approach.
In Linda T. Parson’s Ella
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In Grant’s Cinderella the mice let her out and she runs down the stairs and cries “Please let me try.” Using the word cries gives the feeling that Cinderella is hopeless and desperate to be swept away by the prince and of course she is. Again, Cinderella is portrayed as the victim. According to Linda T. Parson this type of role for a female is common.
“In many traditional tales, being rewarded with the prince and the security of marriage is the result of the heroine’s submission and suffering, along with her beauty, rather than her agency. “Women who are powerful and good are never human; those women who are human, and who have power or seek it, are nearly always portrayed as repulsive.”
The story version by Campbell Grant follows the traditional tale by Cinderella being reward for her beauty and submission and suffering to her stepmothers and stepsisters. In the film version does ring to true to a powerful woman who is portrayed as disgusting which is the evil stepmother but the film also introduces the protagonist as a beautiful kind woman who is powerful and intelligent and found marriage by staying true to

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