Cinderella's Symbolism In Cinderella

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The most common misinterpretation of feminism is that it is the movement meant to make women superior and demean all male achievements. However, writer Ngozi Adichie says a feminist is a “person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes,” meaning both sexes are treated equally. The progressive movement of feminism is not being properly represented in the fairytale “Cinderella” as it supports the idea that a woman’s value highly depends on a man and continuous abuse.
As Cinderella’s glass slipper is the most famous symbol in “Cinderella”, it is also the most sexist. In Perrault’s version, the prince uses the glass slipper as the only proof that Cinderella was truly the princess he danced with at the ball
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This gives the impression that the only way a woman could rise above from her situation with only her physical appearance, and not her voice, mind, or talent, thus making another part of the story antifeminist. In addition, she physical body is also objectified. In Disney’s Cinderella, Cinderella is given an unrealistic body structure with the tiny corset, which is painfully small in the live action (Cinderella). As every detail about Cinderella is meant to represent beauty, this representation says that the most beautiful of women are the ones with the most unrealistically tiny of waists. This gives the impression that a woman’s value depends on the size of her waist, something that is not important for the males.
Now a feminist is not limited to only the active, sword wielding women like Disney’s Mulan, but “Cinderella” puts much emphasis on the fact that Cinderella is not an active character. According to Lieberman, these strong masculine women in fairytales do not tend to be the heroes as “the heroines are chosen for their beauty not for anything they do…” (386). And it is this stereotype that gives the impression that silent beauty is the only choice. For instance, in the Disney’s 2015 live action make of “Cinderella”, Cinderella is told to “have courage and be kind” (Cinderella). However, the film gives the impression that being kind includes silencing and allowing much abuse. Specifically, in the scene where
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