Essay about What the Cinderella Story Has to Teach Young Girls

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At first glance, what makes a fairy tale a fairy tale may seem obvious—some kind of magic, hidden symbols, repetition, and of course it’s evident it’s fiction—but fables are more than that. As Arthur Schelesinger puts it, it’s about “[expanding] imagination” and gaining understanding of mysterious places (618). While doing this, it also helps children to escape this world, yet teach a lesson that the reader may not be conscious of. A wonderful story that achieves all of this is Cinderella, but not the traditional tale many American’s have heard. Oochigeaskw, or The Rough-Faced Girl, and Ashputtle would be fitting for a seven-year-old because they get the gears of the mind turning, allowing for an escape on the surface, with an underlying …show more content…
Like Elisabeth Panttaja expressed, the traditional model of Cinderella preaches that beauty will win a prince over character, but not in this story (660). Fairy tales influence children’s minds and teach them “inherent truth,” as Bruno Bettelheim, a psychologist and teacher, explained. Therefore children should be taught that character would win a life long partner rather than physical appearance. In this version of Cinderella, the prince charming is the “Invisible One”. This is significant because it tests the women who enter the wigwam on their integrity and wisdom. Oochigeaskw is able to see the man because she is able to look past her own appearance. The bath symbolizes the inner beauty that is exposed when truth and love are in Oochigeaskw’s heart. This girl only wishes for happiness and is so confident in herself that she ultimately achieves it. The message is that life may not always be fair, and difficult situations will arise for every type of person, it’s how it is handled that matters. It’s important to keep one’s own integrity and hold on to hope. Also, this tale is able to fit in repetition despite the short length. It appears when the sister brings different women to the hut in the same way each time, asking the same serious of questions to each woman (639).
The other tale of Cinderella I would share with a seven-year-old is the story of Ashputle, which was transcribed by Jakob and

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