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The Cinderella Complex is the largely repressed attitudes and fears that keep women from the full use of their minds and creativity forcing them to wait for something or someone external to transform their lives Colette Dowling 1981 Most modern adaptations of fairy tales as well as original versions place negative gender expectations on women Perraults Cinderella provides an example of how the heroine of the story must be rescued by a man of princely matter and helped by outwardly forces to achieve recognition and respect Its story revolves around the assumption that women should be beautiful polite graceful industrious obedient and passive Karol Kelley 649 Cinderella operates as a patriarchal instrument producing and nurturing a psychological dependence in women Providing cultural and socio-historical information fairy tales have helped perpetuate stereotypical virtues of the ideal woman throughout vastly different societies Cinderella does not bear grudges against her oppressors the stepsisters and stepmother she is civil and kindhearted Through this plot a woman is told that in order to overcome such oppression one must be patient and virtuous and wait for the day the reward to such endurance arrives in the form of a man Thus young women are trained into dependency The qualities of feminine beauty and virtue are always related with that of conscience For a woman to be virtuous she must be beautiful obedient patient sacrificial and sexually innocent When a woman lacks any of these feminine qualities she feels guilty Dependence therefore becomes a source of freedom from perceived hardship Instead of becoming independent women rely on a man as a source of protection identity and proof of love Kelley 648 In Cinderella the prince validates the womanly qualities through admiration Her insecurities and hardships vanish at the site of her prince In order to remove herself from the negative forces that condemn her life she depends on the prince as an escape into a better world Marriage therefore is portrayed as
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