Sarah Rodriguez
Professor Tom Eiland
English 293 H
Monday, Nov. 15, 2010


"Cinderella: or The Glass Slipper" was written by Charles Perrault and first published in 1697. This classic fairytale is about a beautiful girl who is treated as a servant by her stepmother and stepsisters, but with the help of her fairy godmother finds a handsome prince and lives happily ever after. Upon first glance this fairytale may seem like a simple children's tale, but when looked at through the use of gender, psychoanalytical, and Marxist criticisms, the reader will find that this story can be appreciated by people of all ages, and the overall theme of power will be apparent.
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helpful" (Cline). She must essentially be rescued by a male figure, the prince, in order to have a happily ever after ending to her story. She is powerless on her own, and she can only gain her desires through supernatural powers or through the aid of a man. The reader first sees Cinderella achieve her desires through the aid of her fairy Godmother. After she is aided by her fairy Godmother, she attains even more power by marrying a man. Supernatural powers help bring her to the ultimate happiness of marriage. This notion implies that a woman cannot be happy until her life is fulfilled by marriage. It is one of Cinderella's biggest desires to marry and often dreams of the day she will be rescued by a man. Toward the end of the story, she even helps her stepsisters get married so they too can experience ultimate happiness, but she only has the power to bring others happiness once she is married. Cinderella "arranged for both of them to be married, on the same day, to great ...

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for women is beauty. "Children's fairy tales, which emphasize such things as women's passivity and beauty, are indeed gendered scripts and serve to legitimatize and support the dominant gender system" (Baker-Sperry). The story emphasizes the fact that Cinderella is beautiful, which points to the fact that that is exactly what is expected of women. The story points out that the stepsisters go to great lengths to look their best, spending large amounts of money on clothes, cosmetics, jewelry, and hairdressers. "They sent for a good hairdresser to cut and curl their hair and they bought the best cosmetics...Cinderella helped them to look as pretty as they could" (Perrault 98). ...

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