Rhetorical analysis of Cinderella stories

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They ridicule her for having watched the ball from the window and deny her the right to do so on the second evening. Most disturbing is the description of the sisters mutilating their feet to fit into the slipper. In this version of the story, the Prince must demand to have Cinderella try on the slipper, while in the French version the stepmother and stepsisters provide the prince with knowledge of Cinderella's presences. Additionally, the Brothers Grimm does not provide Cinderella with the kind influence of a godmother. Instead the brothers provide Cinderella with birds, whose help does not come with warmth. The birds tell the prince of the bloody slippers to make him aware of the tricks the stepmother has played on him.

Cinderella is a children's story, one that teaches the lesson of good winning over evil and the story of richness of character winning over material riches. Unfortunately, both versions of the story tell of a charming prince rescuing a mistreated maiden. If one was to choose which a version to share with their children Perrault's version would easily win. The French version is less terrifying, exhibits how one can contribute to changing one's situation and ends…[continue]



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