Cinderella – They Can’t Stop Me From Dreaming
Cinderella, also known as “The Little Glass Slipper”, is a beloved folktale with thousands of variations across the world. It tells the tale of a young woman living in difficult circumstances who finds joy through marriage.
Americans typically associate Cinderella with kindness and beauty, though she may also be clever. However, in medieval Europe – where many of these versions originated – and even in 19th century America when the Grimms recorded their version – Cinderella often triumphed due to her intelligence and luck rather than any combination of those qualities.
Charles Perrault is often credited as the creator of Cinderella, adapting it from an older French version. However, it wasn’t until 18th century that The Grimm Brothers revised and altered it significantly. In their rewriting, which included eliminating parts of the original tale, they chose to emphasize Cinderella’s kindness and beauty.
Cinderella’s success in these stories often hinges on her luck and good looks, yet it could be argued that she would not have achieved such heights without the assistance of her fairy friends. She always shows kindness towards Jaq and Gus, her mice companions who come to her aid when needed; Cinderella truly believes that if you believe enough then good things will happen.
Ultimately, Cinderella’s story isn’t really about Cinderella herself; rather, it focuses on how she and her family are affected by others. In the animated film, Lady Tremaine, her two daughters, and their pet cat Lucifer abuse and mistreat Cinderella, forcing her to work as a scullery maid in their home.
Her stepmother and sisters are cruel and jealous of her beauty; they do everything to make her feel like a second class citizen. While obedient to their orders, she attempts to avoid conflict. Sometimes her stepmother or daughters will silence her, giving the impression that she must perform all chores without speaking.
After her father’s passing, Lady Tremaine and her daughters are forced to take her in as tenants and abuse her by making her do all her chores without speaking a word to her. Because they are jealous of her beauty, Lady Tremaine uses her power over her to control and manipulate her in many ways.
Cinderella spends most of her time working at home, while her mother calls her to dress the sisters for a ball. Additionally, both half-sisters are jealous of Cinderella and attempt to stop her plans to become a princess.
She loves having her mouse friends come to visit and give her gifts – such as pumpkins for her carriages and mice to her horses and footmen. Additionally, she helps them create costumes and other accoutrements since they are her only true friends.
On the night of the ball, Cinderella enters the castle and is magically transformed into a stunning princess. Meanwhile, Prince Charming falls in love with her, leading them to become husband and wife. However, at the end of the day Cinderella forgets her glass slipper – so she must return for it.