Cinderella By Anne Sexton Analysis

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Once Mignon McLaughlin said, “A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person” (Positive). We can somehow relate to McLaughlin’s quote as certainly falling in love is accidental, but staying in love is a choice that we make. A successful marriage may be the product of an almost fairytale like romantic story, however, after tying the knot there is harder work and commitment needed from both sides. Throughout human civilization expressing love has generated countless literature and intellectual work in every language and culture known. While many of these works will come to rejoice love, others will address it with resentment and bitterness. In her poem “Cinderella”, Anne Sexton offers us a different version of the traditional Cinderella story. Sexton uses sarcasm and paradox through her poem arguing the sham of happily ever after as portrayed in certain fairytales stories and how it always has been represented through media. On the other hand, Anne Bradstreet celebrates the love of her life, her newly wedded husband in her poem, “To My Dear Husband”. Till this day, Bradstreet’s poem is read in many weddings, due to its sincerity, beautiful expressions, and simple yet elegant language that Bradstreet applied. Sexton’s opinion about love sheds a different light on Bradstreet’s believes, by putting a materialistic value on love, how society affects the way we look at marriage and love, and finally the reality of happily ever after. In her

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