A Complex Princess : The Evolving Story Of Cinderella

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Bailey Sipila
A Complex Princess: The Evolving Story of Cinderella

Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (1957)
Music by Richard Rodger (b. June 28, 1902 - d. December 30, 1979)
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II (b. July 12, 1895 - d. August 23, 1960)

La Cenerentola (1814)
Gioachino Rossini (b. Feb. 29, 1792 - d. Nov. 13, 1868)
Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998)
George Fenton (b. Oct. 19, 1950)

Cinderella (2015)
Patrick Doyle (b. April 6, 1953)

Walt Disney’s Cinderella (1950)
Oliver Wallace (b. Aug. 6, 1887 - d. Sep. 15, 1963)
Paul J. Smith (b. Oct. 30, 1906 - d. Jan. 25, 1985)

Into the Woods (2014)
Stephen Sondheim (b. March 22, 1930) Introduction Fairy Tales are a piece of actual reality, human nature and moral dilemmas we all have to face at one time or another. But, sometimes, it isn 't as simple as “good vs. evil” as we would like to think it is. In the story of Cinderella we are presented with the theme of good vs. evil in a very straight forward way. Good and virtue is rewarded, while evil and injustices are punished and therefore good always triumphs over evil. In the story of Cinderella, we are presented with a beautiful young girl who is abused and ridiculed by her step-mother and step-sisters. The ‘Evil’ Stepmother despises Cinderella 's goodness, as it highlights her and her daughter’s weaknesses. Throughout history we have been presented with these simple characters, but as our understanding of human nature grows we find more developed characters that

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