The Meaning Of Love In Anne Sexton's 'Cinderella'

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Once Jean Farris said, “And they lived happily (aside from a few normal disagreements, misunderstandings, pouts, silent treatments, and unexpected calamities) ever after”(Jean). Many can relate to Farris’s quote as falling in love is sometimes accidental, but staying in love is a choice that is made. A successful relationship may be the product of an almost fairy tale like romance. However, after tying the knot, hard work and commitment are needed from both sides to solidify the relationship in order to achieve the ‘happily ever after’. Throughout human civilization expressing love has generated countless literature and intellectual works 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 fairy-tales stories and how it always has been represented through media. On the other hand, Lydia Davis’s short story, “Break It Down” narrates the dilemma of a man who is trying to break down the cost of eight days of love that costed him almost $1000 by the end of his affair, in a way, he was trying to question if love is a wise investment or if it is possible to put a price tag on love. Sexton’s “Cinderella” lays out a helpful framework for understanding instances of
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