Cinderella: A Comparison Of Multiple Cinderella Tales


The number of variants of the classic folk tale "Cinderella" is unknown but over 700 have been recorded, the earliest dating back to the ninth century. In China, during the ninth century, Tuan Ch'êng-Shih recorded a story about a girl, her family, and a magical fish. Eight centuries later a French lawyer by the name of Charles Perrault recorded a story of Cinderella in which she rises from poverty to royalty with the help of a fairy godmother. And, from Africa originated one about a slave girl who, with the help of magical frogs, captures the heart of the chief's son. Although on the surface these stories discuss a girl who rises from the ashes and becomes a princess they are also ...

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mother, he could not abide, while the other he adored. When Cinderella's mother died he put Cinderella in the hands of his remaining wife, who made Cinderella a slave. In the Chinese version Cinderella's father loved her very much but he died, thus, familiarly, leaving Cinderella in the hands of her cruel stepmother.
The role of Cinderella's stepmother and stepsister is mainly to belittle, control, and mistreat Cinderella, which they accomplish by giving her the roughest work, worst food, and no respect. The stepsister's fate varies among the three versions, and the stepmother's is only mentioned in the Chinese version. Perrault has Cinderella marry her stepsisters to two noblemen and everyone lives happily ever after. In the African variant the stepsister dies by the sword of the chief's son when he chops her into little pieces. Finally, in the Chinese one, both the stepmother and stepsister were killed by flying stones.
The godmother, the frog, the fish, and the man from ...

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