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Cinderella is the tale of a young woman who dreams to have a better life because she is treated like a slave by her evil stepmother and stepsisters In the end Cinderella receives her wish of a better life when a handsome young prince comes to the rescue and sweeps her off her feet Both Madonna Kolbenschlag and Jane Yolen each have written an essay expressing their viewpoints on the tale of Cinderella Madonna Kolbenschlag the feminist has written the essay entitled A Feminists View of Cinderella Jane Yolen expresses the fact that she is angry because the tale has been defaced so much in her essay Americas Cinderella Although both of these writers are very firm in their viewpoints neither of them is necessarily accurate with all of their ideas Both Yolen and Kolbenschlag have made Cinderella out to be a helpless and pitiful excuse for a heroine who must wait for a man to come and rescue her Yolen claims that Americas Cinderella is portrayed as very sweet and nice She would never wish revenge on anyone no matter how cruel they had been to her In Disneys version Cinderella sits back and sings while she waits to be rescued by the man of her dreams In ancient versions Cinderella was shrewd and inventive Cinderella tricked the stepsisters and used her mind instead of her figure to win the heart of the prince She also participated in revenge on the evil stepsisters as they had their eyes pecked out by pigeons Yolen 539 Kolbenschlag agrees with Yolen on this point Cinderella is a nice girl who lets passivity get in the way of making her dreams come true Instead of being assertive and accomplishing her dreams on her own she waited for the man to save her from her enslavement Kolbenschlag 537Cinderella is not necessarily as passive as these writers believe she is Cinderella was the one who went to the ball
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