Cinderella and the Feminist Struggle for Independence Essay

1127 Words Apr 7th, 2008 5 Pages
Jessica was suspicious of the queen, and rightfully so. When the queen entered the black room, the ghastly sight caused Jessica to faint in disgust. Suspicious, black, ghastly. These are just a few of the words an author can use to imply evil in a character. The connotation of dark as evil is prevalent in many stories throughout the history of western civilization. Fairy tales “emanate from specific struggles to humanize [forces initially perceived to be evil], which have terrorized our minds and communities in concrete ways” (Zipes), and their usually-heroic endings make us forget on a conscious level the lessons they’ve taught us. However, their impact remains on our subconscious views of the world. Because of this, fairly tales often …show more content…
Upon her arrival, the prince is immediately enamored with Ashputtle. Though the prince is perhaps not the brightest man, he a valuable and powerful asset for any poorer woman to be associated with. After placing the prince under the spell of her beauty and charming , Ashputtle fearlessly uses magic to inform the prince he has retrieved the wrong bride. He selects the wrong woman again, yet she does not despair. There is no need. In this situation a little determination and some more magic can rectify the bumbling prince. Once more, Ashputtle puts her birds to work. Finally, she is rewarded for all of her action and the crafty Ashputtle has snags her prince. She is far from a girl waiting around; constantly, she pursues her desires. And Ashputtle is fully aware of what she wishes to accomplish. And in order to accomplish these goals, Ashputtle fools everybody around her to secure her survival. In this version of Cinderella, the girls do not fit Dowling’s definition of women waiting for an external force to transform them. Women modeling themselves after this Cinderella would hardly be representational of Dowling’s claim that females today are “retreating from the full use of their minds and creativity” (Dowling, 595). Still, there is something that keep Cinderella’s true nature as an activist hidden: she is dirty, ashen, associated with the color black. Unfortunately, the women within her family are the

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