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Analysis Essay On Cinderella

Critical Analysis of Anne Sexton's Cinderella Essay

1290 WordsFeb 19th, 20116 Pages

Trusha Agashi
Professor Rebekah Starnes
English 252
January 24,2011
Despondently Ever After… In the familiar more traditional version, Cinderella is a poor maid girl that, with the help of fairy godmother, gets a chance to meet prince charming. They fall in love, get married, and live happily ever after, and then what? What is a happily ever after? Is this even a realistic thought? In the dark comedic poem Cinderella, Anne Sexton forces the reader to examine this question. Utilizing literary devices such as tone, imagery, and style, Sexton encourages the reader to think about how silly and unlikely a fairy tale ending actually is. Sexton’s take on the story Cinderella is not based off of the well renowned Disney version, but rather…show more content…

The prince has every girl in the kingdom try on the slipper. Once the prince arrived at Cinderella’s house her two stepsisters immediately did whatever they needed to do to get their feet to fit in the slipper. The first one cut off her toe, and the second cut off her heel. When Cinderella came out, because it was her slipper, her foot slipped right in. On the day of the wedding the two stepsisters came and tried to benefit from Cinderella’s good fortune, but pigeons came and pecked their eyes out, punishing them to be blind for the rest of their lives for the malicious way they treated Cinderella. We assume that Cinderella and the prince marry, and of course, lived happily ever after. From the start of the poem Sexton sets a sardonic or caustic tone saying, “You always read about it,” implying that as an audience we always assume this is how it happens. She then continues by listing off rags to riches stories. She mentions the plumber, nursemaid, milkman, and charwomen, all of whom, in some unlikely circumstance go from poor to wealthy. Though we know the chances that these occurrences will actually happen are one-in-a-million, everyone is still searching for the happy ending. Sexton continues to convey her cynical ideas when she says “Next came the ball, as you all know” and “That’s the way with stepmothers.” In both examples she

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For centuries, the fairy tale Cinderella, that everyone has come to know and love has been told in many different countries and in a variety of ways. Although each story is different, they all have similar meaning and each one "demonstrates how universal the Cinderella story is, as well as how unique each version is to the particular culture out which it grew" (Tam and Cam, 2012 Pg 194). Little girls all over the world are told some type of Cinderella story and they grow up dreaming that one day they'll be a princess just like the characters in the stories. They will find their prince charming to sweep them off their feet. However, these manipulative stories tend to teach girls that they do not need to be dependent on a man to take care…show more content…

They rely solely on the people around them, especially their prince charming, to save them from their sad lives and give them everything they need. Ultimately, the men hold their happiness in their hands. In most of the stories there are fictional characters or personified animals that help the main character change their life and transform into a happier person. In some stories there are dwarfs, deer, and even birds that help Cinderella become the person that she wants to be and find her prince charming. In reality, fairy god mothers and animals cannot make marvelous things appear, "Then the bird cast down a dress, the like of which had never been seen for splendor and brilliancy, and slippers that were of gold" (Grimm, J & Grimm, W. 2012 Pg 186) It places a negative view on how women should look and dress in order to be considered beautiful. Girls grow up thinking that they need the fanciest accessories and the most expensive clothes to fit in and need to find someone to take care of them. This is the wrong idea to give young girls while they grow up. The ideal feminine image that is shown through "Children's fairy tales, which emphasize such things as women's passivity and beauty, are indeed gendered scripts and serve to legitimatize and support the dominant gender system" (Baker-Sperry & Grauerholz, 2003 Pg 711). Fairy tales such as