26 October 2011
The Lonely Cinderella
In all fairytales there are many under lying meanings and themes. The Grimm Brother, Jacob and Wilhelm, have written many fairytales. One fairytale they wrote was Cinderella; the original Cinderella differs in many ways from the Disney version. Due to these differences, many different themes are expressed. Some of the themes that are shown in Cinderella are good things come to those who wait, people will lie and cheat to get what they want, and that love is in the eye of the beholder. All of these themes are common today in literature and in real life.
In many stories, novels and fairytales the theme of “good things come to those who wait” is very common. In this fairytale, Cinderella treated like trash. She treated badly in so many ways and just lets it happen because she believes that there is nothing in this world that could make her life better. Cinderella is sad and lonely and she honestly believes that no loves her and she is right for the most part, “ Cinderella thanked him, went to her mother’s grave and planted the branch on it, and wept so much that the tears fell down on it and watered it” (Grimm Brothers). Cinderella knows that she is just seen as a servant and wishes that her mother was still alive. It is because of this that she just deals with what see is given until one day when everything changes, “ then the bird threw a gold and silver dress down to her, and slippers embroidered with silk and silver” (Grimm Brothers). At this moment everything changes in her life, because she no longer believes that she is nothing; hence good things come to those who wait.
People all over the world lie and cheat all the time to get the things they want. Cinderella was lied to repeatedly so that her evil step-mother could take her children to the festival. The evil step-mother never planned on taking Cinderella, “ As, however, Cinderella went on asking, the step-mother said at last, I have emptied a dish of lentils into the ashes for you, if you have picked them out again in two hours, you shall go with us” ( Grimm Brothers). The main goal of the evil step-mother was to make Cinderella’s life horrible. She thought she succeeded in her task by lying to her and getting her hopes up, but in the end, it did not work.
When most people look at couples, a common state is “Who does he like her? They are from two different worlds.” Love is in the eye of the beholder, this is a theme in Cinderella and a common theme in life. Cinderella and her prince are from two different worlds, but love does not know the difference, “And when she rose up and the king’s son looked at her face he recognized the beautiful maiden who had danced with him and cried, that is the true bride” (Grimm Brothers). At first, the prince did not recognized Cinderella, but when he did, he knew that nothing else mattered; he loved her and he wanted to be with her. Love is the only thing that does not care about color, culture, or religion it just understands itself. This is a very important theme in literature and shows us how important love really is.
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, “Aschenputtel,” Kinder-und Hausmӓrchen [Childernn’s and Household tales—Grimms’ Fairy Tales], 7th edition (Gӧttingen: Verlad der Dieterichschen Buchhandlung, 1857), no. 21, pp. 119-26.