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When the Clock Strikes Throughout the years many stories have been passed down from generation to generation One of the stories that has evolved over the years is the fairy tale of Cinderella It is one of the most popular fairy tales to date because it has seen in over 700 versions and translated into multiple languages Tanith Lee a prolific writer of stories for young adults took the Cinderella story and reversed it with her tale When the Clock Strikes In her tale the Cinderella heroine character is a witch Lee is able to turn the magic and the rest of the tale into a dark revenge story Madonna Kolbenschlag a literary scholar and feminist wrote the article A Feminists View of Cinderella Karol Kelley a feminist and professor of history at Texas Tech also wrote an article Pretty Woman A Modern Cinderella which shares some feminist views of the story Both Kolbenschlag and Kelley have viewpoints that would explain why Lees story is more or less feminist Both Kolbenschlags and Kelleys viewpoint on feminism would make Lees story When the Clock Strikes seem to be feminist because the main character Ashella is active aggressive and powerful throughout the entire story but since revenge is the main goal in Ashellas actions they would think this contradicts feminist ideas Throughout Lees tale Ashella and her mother are very aggressive unlike Cinderellas attitude in many other works Kolbenschlag points out that a character who holds the qualities of a feminist would not be passive or rely on their male counterparts Ashella and her mothers aggression appear to be feminist because they hold these qualities that Kolbenschlag speaks of In Lees tale the Duke gained his title and the city by killing off all those who stood in line for the throne The Duke forgot to eliminate one person Ashellas mother Ashella and her mother are aggressive because they both have a desire to take revenge on
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