The Little Glass Slipper By Charles Perrault

2004 WordsJul 4, 20179 Pages
Many children know fairy tales as something from Disney or something to be read before going to bed, a nice happy ending before sleeping, but fairy tales have not always been this way. Fairy tales were originally written to provide moral instruction for young children and women, don’t be selfish or greedy, and be good and kind and so on. When these fairy tales were originally written society held very different values and as such, the stories written reflect many of these patriarchal views and morals. When these stories are read to young children they slowly influence the developing identity of the young child listening, creating a societal control from the stories. I will be deconstructing the stories of Cinderella as written, collected…show more content…
Cinderella forgives them ‘with all her heart’ and this comparison between the two reinforces the idea that a self-assured women is actually vain and no good, only in it for herself, while a quiet, ‘pure’ girl is something every girl should aspire to be. The story’s portrayal of the step mother is also noteworthy in its contrast to the description of Cinderella’s mother and the godmother, the only other older woman in the story. While the godmother is good and helps Cinderella the step mother is cruel and haughty, just like her daughters, and a character to be despised. She manipulates Cinderella’s father into marriage as she only shows her true nature after their marriage and promptly rules the household with an iron fist, forcing Cinderella to practise housework, as she could not bear Cinderella’s good nature showing her daughter’s own failings. The step mother is so controlling Cinderella can’t even tell her father what is happening as he would scold her rather than help her. Meanwhile, the father’s first wife is described as ‘the best creature in the world’, reinforcing the idea that a good woman is a rare and unique find, making every girl wanting to wed aspire to this level of submission and goodness. The contrast in the portrayal between the ‘good’ character’s in the story,
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