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Introduction Charles Perraults Cinderella begins with an introduction intended for the French Court through use of words as nobleman proudest and haughtiest There is no emotional attachment as is seen in Jakob and Wilhelm Grimms Ashputtle Ashputtle begins by introducing the reader to a young girl at the bedside of her dying mother As Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm are German authors the reader gets a different sense of appeal Although it appears to be a tale targeted for the common class there is still a division of classes within the society as the tale begins with A rich mans wife There is also use of the word haughty by the two stepsisters when they tease Ashputtle about her old gray dress Tannith Lees When the Clock Strikes is completely different from the previous two tales most likely because this tale was written more recently around 1971 and there was a very major difference in the world as compared to the world when the other two tales were written It is very descriptive and might appeal to formalist critics This version of Cinderella begins with the focus on time and place There is a very strong sense of time not only indicated by the title but also by the introduction which begins Yes the great ballroom is filled only with dust now and later in the same paragraph with Two hundred years now since There seems to be a focus on nobility with a direction toward the upper class Background Charles Perraults Cinderella continues to lack emotion as there is no discussion of Cinderellas mother nor are their details of the wedding In fact with the lack of these details and wording that is used No sooner was the wedding over the reader might think the wedding was one of convenience The husband appears weak and is described as being under his wifes thumb He is not a prominent character
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