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Cinderella Archetypes.

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Sara DiRezze

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Transcript of Cinderella Archetypes.

Archetypes : Cinderella. an archetype is an original character, image or theme that has been imitated.
Archetypes have a universal meaning. Archetype: Fairy Godmother: “hero”, “sign of wisdom”, “divine help”, "earth mother".
The fairy God Mother in the Cinderella movie is an elder grandma who has a positive spirit and mind.
She falls under the “hero” archetype as she basically saves Cinderella from her horrible life of cleaning and being mistreated by her step mother and step sisters. The fairy God Mother is the encourager; as she motivates Cinderella to go to the ball and to live her own life, not the life her step mother and step sisters plan for her. She is great help as she gives her shoes, a dress, a ride to the ball, etc. The fairy god mother basically saves Cinderella from her life filled with chores. The fairy god mother comes and helps only when she is needed.
The fairy god mother also provides Cinderella with emotional nourishment and is willing to give Cinderella her success and happiness. Character Archetypes: Mice: “Best friend”. The mice are the best friends to Cinderella. They listen to her, and help her stay strong when everyone in her house treats her terribly. I chose this archetype because although they are just mice, they strongly show best friend qualities, in that they always have Cinderella’s back, and are always willing to help her. The mice do anything they can to help Cinderella out, including helping her prepare for the ball. Step Mother: The step mother takes over the “evil” or “villain” role. She treats Cinderella very badly and makes Cinderella’s life very hard and depressing. She sees no good in Cinderella and has many negative influences on Cinderella. She constantly puts Cinderella down and often makes her feel like no hope is in her future.

Step Sisters: "Monsters". The step sisters take on the "monster" roles, they go along with whatever evil the mother proclaims. They seem to lack a mind of their own. They participate in the Step Mother's evil plans to make Cinderella's life miserable. They treat her badly, and they take advantage of Cinderella. They make Cinderella do everything for them, like cleaning, cooking, etc. Cinderella: "Orpan", "outcast", "innocent" and "damsel in distress". Cinderella is forced to live with her step mother and step sisters. Her step mom and step sisters often team up on her and make her life miserable. She is out casted and ostracized as her mother and sisters control her life and prevent her from going to the ball. Cinderella is truly just an innocent girl who was placed in a horrible situation. She never did anything wrong to deserve the treatment she gets. She is a damsel in distress in the fact that she is so vulnerable and truly has no say in her decisions. She is walked all over and is a very easy target. It takes the fairy god mother and the prince to save her from her misery. Prince: the prince is the "sidekick" to the hero. While the fairy god mother saved and helped Cinderella actually get to the ball, he saved her in the end. He was the rich prince charming that fell in love with the small town girl. He saw the beauty in her that she did not know existed. He made her feel good about her self; and brought her away from her evil step family so they could get married and be happy. Symbolic Archetypes: - Animals
The animals represent kindness and purity. This is because they are the few living creatures in Cinderella's life who do kind deeds for her without expecting anything in return. They help Cinderella make and fix her dress by discovering the old sashes and beads from her stepsisters. - Castle
The castle represents the place where "love at first sight" occurred. This is because Cinderella and Prince Charming immediately fall in love during the ball. It is there where they begin the rest of their lives together and where Cinderella's life drastically changes. - Cleaning & Cooking Supplies
The cleaning supplies represent the life of a maid. This is because much of Cinderella's life is spent using mops and dusters to clean the house for her stepmother and stepsisters. It is her who also uses pots and pans to make the food and carries it on platters to them. This is what Cinderella's chores consist of on a regular basis. -Clock
The clock represents valuable time. This is because it is crucial that Cinderella return home before the clock strikes at midnight during the ball. Her Fairy Godmother explains that the reason being is due to the fact that the spell will be broken the second the hour and minute hand both land on 12. Not having enough time to successfully leave the castle leads to many things. - Carriage/Coach
The carriage or coach represents nature. This is because the Fairy Godmother magically transforms a pumpkin into a glittering carriage or coach. It is the original pumpkin that provides Cinderella's transportation to the ball at the castle and that is the beginning of her adventurous night. - Dress
The dress represents true beauty. This is because Cinderella's humble and genuine personality is portrayed through the dress. She no longer has to wear old, torn and ragged clothes and can feel like a princess. It is the beautiful blue gown that ultimately brings out the other half of Cinderella's beauty which has been hidden for much of her life. - Invitation
The invitation represents a new lifelong opportunity. This is because the invite of Cinderella's presence for the ball at the castle provides her with a chance to turn her life around for the better. It enables Cinderella to forget about her role as a maid for a little while and take advantage of a situation which she deserves to be granted. - Glass Slipper
The glass slipper represents true love, a special gift and everlasting freedom. This is because Cinderella being the owner of the shoe resulted in her marriage to Prince Charming. He was certain that his future wife would be the one who wore the famous piece of footwear simply due to the true feelings and the story behind the shoe. Furthermore, the glass slipper was given to Cinderella by her Fairy Godmother as a present to go to the ball. Most importantly, the glass slipper is what determined Cinderella's freedom as it was the one shoe that turned her into a princess and gave her the royal life. - Gold & Silver
The colour gold and silver represent royalty. This is because many of the grand things in Cinderella's life that were given by her Fairy Godmother consisted of these colours. It was these objects that allowed Cinderella to feel like a grateful princess which is someone she always seemed destined to become. - Wand
The wand represents magic. This is because the Fairy Godmother used her wand to magically provide Cinderella with many things. Whether it was the gorgeous dress, the glittering carriage/coach or the glass slipper, they were created by the magic wand. Although they were not exactly real in Cinderella's life, these things made her dreams come true and changed her life forever. Journey- Her journey was to attend the ball to meet the prince and make it home before midnight, risking her stepmother finding out. Cinderella started out living a difficult life, she was saved when the fairy godmother came and helped her. The fairy godmother changed her life; she gave Cinderella what she never had before, and gave her the opportunity to attend the ball where in turn she met her prince. Situational Archetypes: Rebellion- Sneaking out against her stepmother’s commands and wishes to attend. Although the step mother didn't allow Cinderella to attend the ball, she went anyways. Persecution of those who do not conform-
If Cinderella did not do as ordered;
her stepmother would punish her and lock her in the attic.
She was used as a maid and slave. Good vs. Evil-
It was Cinderella and her only friends (which were animals)
against her stepmother, sisters and society.
She was treated unfairly and was battling being mistreated.
In the end, the “good” won against the evil when she won the prince
and got married, leaving home. And they lived happily
ever after. By: Sara DiRezze, Angela Lim,
& Olivia McBride.
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