Cinderella Speech Essay

1101 Words Feb 23rd, 2010 5 Pages
Good morning/afternoon, my name is Mel Howard. I am an expert in literature and more specifically the role of fairytales over time. Cinderella is one of the most well-known fairytales around the world, there are between 500 and 1500 different versions of this story currently worldwide. Each story symbolises a different culture and within that culture, their Values and attitudes. The story of Cinderella is based around a young lady (the heroine), who suffers in the hands of her step-family after the death of her mother. The heroine is not always referred to as Cinderella, in some versions different names which better suit the culture are used. In some stories the heroine’s father is absent; in other stories he is present but simply neglects …show more content…
Finally the Fairy Godmother, the character that makes the story a fairytale. This character provides the essential elements needed for a fairytale, magic. Among many versions of Cinderella, there are selected versions which depict the traditional storyline best and represent the values and attitudes of that historical period in which they were written. A few include-
Ancient Chinese version, modern, Western version, the film ‘A Cinderella Story’, and film ‘Ella Enchanted.’ These versions are written at different times during history and tell responders a lot about that particular time. By analysing and comparing these stories, responders can understand the different changes in history as well as the attitudes and values of those cultures. The earliest known version of Cinderella is the Ancient Chinese tale, written in the 9th Century. The heroine, Yeh Hsien, is wise, generous, intelligent and good at pottery. This is demonstrated when her fish gets killed by her step-mother. “She howled with grief in the open countryside.” After the fishes death Yeh Hsien buries its bones and is then granted any wish she chooses. This story gives responders knowledge of the Chinese culture; they value the personality and traits
Of others. They are not however, forgiving. The evil characters receive a very gruesome, brutal punishment at the end of the tale; they are struck

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