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Cinderella Compare And Contrast Essay

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A Comparison between Traditional and Modern Day Versions of Cinderella

Cinderella is perhaps one of the most famous childhood fairy tale stories of all time. Over the years, numerous versions of the story have been recreated and have been told to children all over the world. The original story of Cinderella follows the life of a young girl who is mistreated by her step mother and stepsisters. With the help of her fairy godmother, Cinderella is transformed into a beautiful princess and goes to the ball to meet her prince. However, she has to leave the ball at midnight as the magic wears off and she turns back into her former self. She leaves behind a glass slipper that the prince uses to find her and they both live happily ever after. The
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There are a number of similarities in both versions of the movie. Both movies illustrate the mistreatment of step children, the importance of young girls having a father figure in their lives, and the hope of finding true love and living happily ever after. Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella can be best described as a traditional version of the story with a cultural twist. In this movie, Cinderella (Brandy) is portrayed as a young African American female who was mistreated by her Caucasian American step mother, Caucasian American step sister and African American step sister. On the other hand, the movie A Cinderella Story is a modern version of the classical story of Cinderella. This movie depicts the life of a young Caucasian American girl named Sam (Hillary Duff) who was in high school. Sam is also mistreated by her spiteful Caucasian American stepmother and step sisters. Both Cinderella and Sam was the maid of the house. They had to cook, clean and do other household chores. They also had to obey their stepmother and stepsisters every command. Cinderella’s stepmother lowered her self esteem by frequently telling Cinderella that she is a mere commoner and that she is not pretty enough to go to the ball or marry the Prince. Similarly, Sam’s stepmother lowered her self
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