Between Cinders and Thistles

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Once upon a time, fairytales were vehicles of escapism. To say that a story is a fairytale is to acknowledge that it is purely make-believe, made up of stereotypes, fairies and witches, the damsel in distress and the charming prince. The worlds in the tales are extreme contrasts, blacks and whites, no grays, when we consider the construction of the characters, settings, plots and themes.


y. Exactly how similar they are brings me back to their structural simplicity. Western versions of Cinderella has been structured simply however complexity in the tales would prove more effective in relating to the reader the morals being implied in the stories.
In Campbell Grant's Cinderella, the protagonist is being identified as an underdog who never questioned the injustices done to her. In this question on her innocence or guilt concerning the treatment she receives as the hand of her stepmother, Cinderella poses a pathetic figure, especially when all she could do is sit "weeping in the garden" (Grant) after all her sacrifices. She appears to accept cruelty as if she were born to suffer. And the sad thing about it she never seems to question or discover if there can be some way she could transcend her situation. ...
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