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What do you make of the various versions of Cinderella Why do you think this story is so appealing to so many around the world Cinderella is arguably best-known fairy tale in the word There are many various versions but all of them share the idea of a reduction in social status usually associated with mistreatmentservitude in ones own home It is often associated with ashes or the hearth And they provide insights into the daily lives and values of the common people as well as reflections of the cultural identities of the nations popularizing them People started telling fairy tales a long time ago when there were social tensions and lower and upper classes this is true for Europe Africa and Native Americans as well I believe that Cinderella explores these social issues by concentrating on the envy of the aristocracy by the less fortunate by comparing the lifestyles of these two classes Cinderellas poor clothes and wretched straw bed are contrasted with the red velvet suit with French trimming fine rooms and beds of the newest fashion that belong to her step-sisters When Cinderellas fairy godmother prepares Cinderella to attend the ball she literally transforms commonplace objects into commodities only found in the highest social and economic circles Great detail is given to Cinderellas new possessions and to the setting of the ball These details provided for the lower class a glimpse into a world they wished to see and experience But they knew that magic could not last forever so in order for Cinderella to have a happy ending the Prince must accept Cinderella in her original state dirty clothes and all Cinderella is a good person who deserves to be embraced by the Prince just as the lower class should be welcomed by the upper class And this is very true for any culture Today fairy tales seem to be merely groups of stories about magic animals witches and royalty
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