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Annotated Bibliography

That Rags to Riches Stuff: Disney’s Cinderella and the Cultural Space of Animation

Susan Ohmer

Susan Ohmer encompasses different feminist analogies through her article. Stating on ‘That Rags to Riches Stuff Story,’ the author writes about the historic Cinderella story that has long shaped history as we understand it today. Ohmer argues from a feminist standpoint, stating that the Cinderella story has shaped the prevalent understandings among the feminists on who will fetch help for women. Drawing several conclusions from Rossini and Massenet Operas, the author writes of the different historical and narrative roots that are removed from the story of Cinderella. Additionally, Susan narrates how the Cinderella story has become iconic worldwide, forming its narratives in Europe, the USA, Africa, and Australia. 

In the above article, the author also suggests the historical adaptations of the Cinderella story, which she presumes that its’ origin was in China. The author also highlighted the feminist critiques of the movie and book, suggesting that feminists were against Cinderella’s morals. The latter allegations came from a feminine understanding that women were powerful and did not need or have to wait for a ‘prince’ to save them. That is, women could fend for themselves, break societal rules and work just as hard, if not more, than the prince who was expected to save them. Much more of the feminism analogy is the discussion of the different operas at the table. The author analyzes the other operas and adaptations of the various world cultures through the single Cinderella story.

Perrault: Cinderella; or, The Little Glass Slipper

Perrault’s story talks about Cinderella and the Glass Slipper that the Maiden left. Intuitively, Perraultb narrates the story of Cinderella to a new ear that has never listened to the story. It is clear that the narrative is derived from a french background, thanks to the heavy use of the language dialects and phonology like ‘Madamoseille de la Poche.” which means the Porch Lady or Designer. The above story serves as an excellent story for beginners and anyone unfamiliar with the Cinderella story. Modern symbolism has out the story in film forms, it might be hard to get an original account, but thanks to Perrault, the Cinderella story is exceptionally narrated in the latter context.

The story is told about a second wife who governs the husband. It is clear that the first wife is no more, but left a daughter who inherited her good morals and looks. When the second wife realized the good eyes of the girl, she hated her and compared her to the two daughters she came with from the previous marriage. The two daughters who were not fair and the mother were intimidated by Cinderella, who was the daughter of the first wife. Forced to do the courses of the house and sleep in the basement, Cinderella looked unkempt, dirty, and poor, while the other daughters secured the best of the room. When the land prince ordered a gala to choose a maiden, he was impressed with Cinderella, unrecognizable. After Cinderella runs away, leaving behind the glass slippers, an order is issued for fittings of the shoe, which Cinderella gladly fits in. The girl is then escorted to the palace, and she forgives her stepsisters and gets married to the prince happily ever after.

Levine, Gail Carson. “Ella Enchanted.” New York: Harper Trophy, 1997.

Ella Enchanted is a story about Ella, an animation character who challenges the Cinderella story. Drawing from Levine’s characterization of Ella, three forms of Feminism are introduced into the account. The latter feminism movement aims at empowering girls to not wait for a prince charming to come to their rescue. The Ella Enchanted movie is drawn from the various historical and feminist arguments that shine a light on girls and their powers. According to the legend, Girls were powerful creatures who were given the blessings to soar high beyond weaknesses. The latter deficiency is defined by stories such as Cinderella, which emphasizes the female’s fault, who were always in wait for Prince Charming to come in help of the Maiden. The feminist revolution was an anti-the notion brought forth by the Cinderella analogy, which only showcased the powers possessed by men, hence curving women to be submissive, and settlers to the societal judgment and standards that often left girls oppressed.

The article remarkably indicated how Levine was dedicated to making sure that Ella was in the right of fetching herself off the curses and blessings that were bestowed to her. After being blessed and cursed with submission, Ella finds herself living under the shadow of the witch, who dictates that Ella should obey everything that she has been taught. After Ella meets with her prince, the submissions hurt her, and she is forced to be a seeker for freedom and fetch her wins in life, much more as feminist advocates.

A picture book version of the story Group, Disney Book. Cinderella. Disney Book Group, 2010.Middle-Grade Audience

Walt Disney Studios first released the movie Cinderella in 1950. The film was a third production of the movie company after it was in several debts after the failure of its movies to children. Adapting its plot from Perrault, the film takes the same field of the story, and administrer’s a story of a girl mistreated by her stepmom. The movie gained heavy success worldwide, which led to the iconic trademark of a palace by the Walt Disney movies. Since its realize, different versions of the film have aroused, three in total to date.

The Cinderella movie has been a historical movie that has changed societal views towards stepmothers and pretty vulnerable girls. Despite the film having its good sides, it has other faulty sides, according to feminists and other critics. However, the Walt Disney Movie is a great motion picture that still raises emotions in the world decades on.

A Visual Version McKinney, Kelsey. “Disney Didn’t Invent Cinderella. Her Story is at Least 2000 Years Old.” Vox. Vox, March 15, 2015.

Lindy, Elaine. “Cinderella Story Reader’s Theater.” Play Scripts for Kids. Stories to Grow By, January 20, 2021.11.17Strabo. 

Lindy tells of a scripted form of the Cinderella story. The story opens up to Cinderella and the audience, where Cinderella is doing hr task. Afterward, the two stepsisters are both introduced, both clearly showing signs of mistreating Cinderella. From the first scene, Cinderella complains of the hard life that she undergoes under the hands of the stepsisters. Just in a while, a message was delivered to the Stepsister about a possible ball that would be experienced where the prince was to choose a bride. T is clear that both the stepsisters are excited about the news, and their mother is ready to invest money to make sure that her daughters look the best.

After Cinderella is left crying because she did not own the best attires to pursue the ball, her fairy Godmother comes to her with gifts of gold and silver to adorn her. At the party, the prince is displeased with most of the girls set across to him. He tries to dance with both the stepsisters, respectfully wanting to know them more. However, the stepsisters are competitive and self-centered to be married off to the prince because of his title. When Cinderella comes to the ball, the prince is incredibly impressed with her conversations and beauty and wants to be with Cinderella more to learn about her. When the clock ticks, Cinderella runs home, and she is followed the next day by the prince and driver, who find out that she is the only one who can fit into the shoe. The above plot is composed with clear considerations of good plot twists that give the right imagery of what ensued in the films portrayed by the Cinderella stories.

“Rhodopis.” (The Egyptian Cinderella).

A historian, Strabo writes a story about Rhodopis; a slave brought down from Greece. The Maiden’s features were different from that of the people in Egypt, and most of the other servants despised her. Many works were often leftover for Rhodopis to attempt, and she was left tired and with no friends. Rhodopis made friends with animals, and she was talented in singing and dancing, so the older man sleeping in the river gave her a gift of beautiful red slippers. The servant girls were jealous of Cinderella once they viewed the gift that she held in her feet. Once Pharaoh had announced a ball over the palace, the servant girls quickly did their chores and assigned all the remaining ones to Rhodopis. Rhodopis was tired and frustrated, but she held out to the river to do the tasks while singing. 

According to Strabo, a bird would appear and take the slippers, and Rhodopis thought of the latter as a sign from Horus. In Pharaoh’s palace, Pharaoh was bored with the celebrations and wished to travel to the desert. Just in time, the bird dropped the red slippers to the Pharaoh, and the Pharaoh read it sign and offered a decree for a search of a maiden wh would fit the red slippers. After a couple of traveling, the Pharaoh reached Rhodopis village, where the girl maidens tried out the slippers with no vain. The Pharaoh, however, noticed Rhodopis hiding in a bush, and when she was asked to fit the slippers, it did her correctly. Pharaoh pronounced the girl the queen despite the scorns from the maidens who claimed that Rhodopis was not an Egyptian. Strabo’s story resembles Cinderella’s, and many critiques that Cinderella story was born out of the legend.

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  1. Hi Soman, I really enjoyed reading about all the different versions of Cinderella, I found it very interesting about how many different versions there is and how much more countless ones are around. I loved Ella enchanted; especially the movie. You did a great job and have a lot of substance in your annotated bibliography.

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