Symbolism In Cinderella

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Cinderella Fairy tales are not what most of the world thinks they are. Quite a few of them are horrifying and gruesome but all of the stories have a specific meaning to them just like any other. In more ways than one, “The fairy tale demonstrates what it meant to be beautiful and heroic and how to achieve “royal” status with the help of grace and good fortune”(Zipes 4). Many of these stories have stood up against the test of time due to ethnic groups using storytelling to recover history and keep their rituals alive over time. Fairy tales hold history and inspire unrealistic things that influence children and others to think outside the box, as well as pass their ideas on to others. Though our society today has twisted and mangled the real …show more content…
Elements such as damsel in distress, the villain, and the mentor are portrayed by the main characters in the story. Cinderella, being the main character, plays the role of the damsel in distress. She plays this part well as “ Cinderella is chosen to become princess at the end of the tale because fate rewards her for following women’s traditional gender roles to a T”(Female). As for the villain, the evil stepmother and stepsisters take care of that. Their devious ways and their constant scapegoat attacking on Cinderella helps in the development of them being the villains of the story. Because there isn 't always a happy ending in a fairytale, “by the end of the story, the sisters are both blinded by doves as their punishment for separating themselves from their traditional gender roles” (“Female”). The idea behind the story isn 't just to get the prince and live happily ever after. That is what Disney tells you. The truth lies in the original cinderella story where following gender rules and expectations is what helps to earn the reward that have been earned in life. The final archetypal element, though there are many more, is the mentor. The hazel tree next to her mother’s grave is the one thing in the story that seems to be on her side. The beautiful tree gives her hope and is the entire reason why she went to the ball in the first place. When her father asked her what she …show more content…
“Its main theme is unjust oppression that is followed by a triumphant reward” because the whole story is about a pathetic girl with an unfortunate life that suddenly flips into this lavish and remarkable future (“Cinderella by the Brothers Grimm”). The moral of the story is “Falsehood and wickedness will be punished severely”(“Cinderella Story Comparisons”). The two step sisters deserve the punishment they earned which was getting their eyes pecked out by birds. The sisters were manipulative and took absolute advantage of cinderella and that lead to what became the moral of Charles Perrault’s “Cinderella”. This tale could mold and shape how people see the world in the future. Even though not very many adults read fairy tales, kids do a great job of teaching people older than them to think like a prince or a princess. Prince and Princess meaning loyalty, courtesy, and honesty. The final message that this whole tale delivers is that those who are unfortunate but kind are rewarded more than those who are fortunate and

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