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Virtually everyone has heard one version of a fairy tale at some point in their lives whether they realized it or not Some fairy tales change from generation to generation while others remain more or less the same for centuries When examining adaptations of fairy tales you must look at the original source to see where the changes all began This can be a very difficult task with fairy tales because we never really know where the original came from Two brothers Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm wrote one version of Cinderella called Ashputtle in the early 1800s I will base my ideas on the theory that the original tale of Cinderella comes from the Grimm brothers version I will examine two movies that give a comparison to this story about Cinderella The first movie is the Walt Disney cartoon version of Cinderella produced in 1950 The second one is the movie Ever After starring Drew Barrymore which was produced in 1998 There are many similarities between these thr ee versions of Cinderella but there are also some differences I would like to analyze these three versions and show the variations and correlations between them In the Grimm version Ashputtle the characters include Ashputtle as Cinderella her stepmother and two stepsisters her father the spirit of her mother and the prince I think the two most important characters are Ashputtle and the spirit of Ashputtles mother It is the bond between Ashputtle and her mother that allowed the magical things to happen when a twig grew into a tree and a little white bird started granting Ashputtles wishes Grimm 603 Cinderellas character is portrayed as being a very good girl that always does what she is told She also misses her mother very much The stepfamilys characters are portrayed as evil and vindictive They treated Cinderella terrible and they made her sleep in the ashes by the fireplace Cinderellas father didnt even seem to like
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