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Transcript of Cinderella
Cinderella vs. Fair, Brown, and Trembling
BY: Leah, Camila, Isabela, and Maayan
The most commonly known version of Cinderella is the German version by the Grimm Brothers. It is an uplifting story about a girl, Cinderella, who is forced to work for her evil stepmother and stepsisters. Although she is only a poor servant, in the end, she marries the prince and the stepsisters pay for their actions.
The moral of the story is what goes around comes around. The stepsisters always picked on poor Cinderella, and in the end, they got what they deserved. Cinderella, on the other hand, always did what she was told, and in the end, her kindness payed off, for she won over the prince.
Common Fairy Tale Elements
There are many fairy tale elements that are present in the German Cinderella story. It has the magical pigeons that give Cinderella dresses as an example of magical creatures. It has a happily ever after and a once upon a time. The story is set in the past, and it has the number three, which is one of the common numbers in fairy tales. Lastly, there is good versus evil, which is shown through the rivalry of the stepsisters and Cinderella.
Germany is a very unique and diverse country and culture. And there are many parts of the culture that play a role in Cinderella. In some ways, Cinderella expresses what Germany was like at the time the story was written. The stepsisters and stepmother represent France that had raided Germany at the time. They had supreme rule, and they suppressed German culture, which is shown by Cinderella, who is always put down by stepsisters and stepmother. Cinderella, or Germany, has unequal treatment from the French, or the stepsisters and stepmother.
The moral of Katie Woodencloak is be kind then people will be kind to you. When her stepmother and stepsister constantly tried to destroy her hopes and dreams she stayed kind and considerate. Eventually through all her kindness she got the man of her dreams, met a best friend and her stepmother and stepsister were left to be unhappy.
Common Folk Tale Elements
In this story, the common fairy tale elements are good vs. evil, lessons/morals, family elements and supernatural beings.
This was written in 1859 in Norway. Norwegian folk tales usually encompass good versus evil like what Katie has to face from her step families hate for every thing Katie. There is a strong rivalry between this dysfunctional family. The writing is influential because of this different take on a classic tale.
Protagonist: Katie and the bull Antagonist: stepmother, stepdaughter
Climax: When Katie gathers the courage to run away with the bull for a better life.
Resolution: Katie gives away her identity to the prince; they live happily ever after.
Similarities: They both take place in a past time. Their step-mothers hated them and wanted them dead. These two girls stayed true to their hearts and treated everyone with kindness no matter what their families through at them. Sadly, this was not able to save them. They had to escape their families evil clutches in search of a better life. A fight between Good vs. Evil raged through both stories. In the end, happily ever after, good triumphing evil.
Differences: In The Baba Yaga, the main character was fighting to get back home. Katie sought out a new life, far far away from the place she used to call home. In Katie's adventure to find a new home she traveled with a bull. The girl in The Baba Yaga traveled alone. Katie Woodencloak got married while the girl in The Baba Yaga did not. Both girls had their own fates, but the same pure heart.
Katie Woodencloak to The Baba Yaga
Common Fairytale Elements:
Once upon a time, happily ever after, good vs. evil. Good triumphing over evil. Supernatural beings and family.
Protagonist: The Young Daughter
Antagonist: Evil Step-mother and Baba Yaga
Conflict: Step-mother sends young girl off to be killed by Baba Yaga
Climax: The young girl tries escaping from the Baba Yaga when the chance presents itself.
Resolution: Escapes to her home, tells father, father kicks out evil step-mom.
Story from 1873 Russian folk tale. The Baba Yaga was depicted as a sign of all things bad and evil. Baba means 'Old woman' or "Grandmother, while "Yaga" means 'evil woman'. It served as a warning to Russians to never follow an old woman who lives in the woods to her house.
Fair, Brown, and Trembling (Ireland)
Katie Woodencloak (Norway)
Baba Yaga (Russia)
Personification: the bull had human-like feelings and was able to speak
Symbolism: The leaves and the apple symbolize fear. They act like a wall, keeping Katie away from where she is trying to go and bringing the bull to where he must go
Irony: Katie is constantly abused, but she in the end becomes more beautiful and happier in the end.
The moral of the story is that you should always treat the things you own righteously. Baba Yaga didn't treat her possessions kindly, so when the young girl did, they helped her escape and turned on the BabaYaga.
Baba Yaga is a Russian story about a girl's father who marries a spiteful woman. The step-mother is trying to get rid of her, so she sends the young girl to her sister, who is a Baba Yaga. That day, she met up with her real aunt, who gives information on how to defeat the Baba Yaga. The knowledge then saves her life, as she tries to get home to her father and warn him.
The Protagonist is Cinderella because she is what one would call the good guy. The stepsisters and stepmother, on the other hand, are the antagonists because they are what one would call the bad guys. The conflict is Cinderella versus her stepsisters and stepmother, because they are the root of all of her problems and setbacks. The climax of the story is when Cinderella loses her glass slipper because the prince covered the stairs with pitch. The resolution is that the Prince finds the owner of the glass slipper, and marries her.
Common Fairytale Elements
Fair, Brown, and Trembling is an Irish version of Cinderella. It is about a girl who is treated unfairly by
her two sisters. Each Sunday, Fair and Brown would go to the church, in their new pretty gowns, leaving Trembling to work. This continued for 7 years. One day a hen-wife came and asked why Trembling wasn't at the church. The hen-wife made a dress, that Trembling asked her, for three days this went on. Each time, she caught everyone's eyes. All the princes and kings fought for her hand in marriage. When one prince won, he became the groom. The sisters were very jealous, so Fair pushed Trembling into the ocean, for a whale to eat her, while she pretends to be Trembling, for they looked alike. The story goes on with the prince and a cowboy, as he tries to save Trembling from the whale.
There are many literary elements found in the German version of Cinderella. Symbolism is shown through the pigeons, and they symbolize karma and they show the moral, what goes around comes around. They give good things to Cinderella, and they reveal the stepsisters lies. The pigeons also have personification because they talk to Cinderella. There is also simile when it says she was "as beautiful as a rose washed in dew." There is imagery when they describe the first carriage as, "a carriage with six black horses all decorated with feathers, and servants dressed in blue and silver."
The Different Titles of Cinderella
Personification: Dogs, Cat, Tree (could speak and had human feelings/wants)
Hyperbole: The forest springing up instantly, and the oxen drinking every drop of the river
This is a Norwegian story from 1859 about a girl who is repeatedly abused by her stepmother and stepsisters. They are jealous of her every accomplishment. One day she meets a kind bull who feeds her and takes her on a quest for freedom, giving her the chance to find true love under the name of Katie Woodencloak with a prince.
Similarities: There are many similarities to these two fairy tales. They both have magic, good vs. evil, happily ever after, they are set in the past, they have rivalries between the sisters or step-sisters, and they have the magic number three. They have very similar morals about good and evil.
Differences: Fair, Brown, and Trembling explained what happened after the protagonist and the prince got married. Fair, Brown, and Trembling also did not have a once upon a time. Obviously, they also came from two very different places, which changed some of the scenarios and choices of the author, which is called cultural influence.
Some common fairy tale elements in Fair, Brown, and Trembling, is the number 3. Trembling had 3 weeks to go to the church, which is 3 times. Then the whale gave the cowboy 3 days to get the prince to kill the whale. There is also magic. The hen-wife had a magic cloak and magic, which could make Trembling new dresses every Sunday. The whale was also a magical creature. There is also a happily ever after, while Fair was punished. There is also good verses evil. Fair and Brown were the 'evil ones'. They were both fighting against each other. The last factor is that it was set in the past. All of these are common fairytale elements.
Fair, Brown, and Trembling
The moral of Fair, Brown, and Trembling is that good things and happy endings come to those who are kind. Fair and Brown were treating Trembling unjustly, and in the end Trembling got the Prince. Then, Fair pushed Trembling into the sea to be eaten by the whale and took the Prince as her own. When the prince came back, by the warning of the cowboy, they were able to free Trembling. Fair was punished by abandonment in the sea inside a barrel, rather than being killed. Trembling and the prince (and the cowboy), as always, lived happily ever after.
In Fair, Brown, and Trembling some literary elements may include personification, because the whale could talk and keep Trembling in his or her mouth without hurting Trembling, and he could go on the sand. Another literary element is irony because one of Trembing's sisters is named Fair. Fair was very unjust and unfair.
Some of the cultural influences in Fair, Brown, and Trembling may include the hen-wife, the dresses, the colors of the dresses, which is the color of the Irish flag, and the whale (that it took place near the ocean/beach).
Protagonist: Trembling, Hen wife, Prince, Cowboy, and the girl (daughter).
Antagonist: Fair, Brown, and the Whale.
Conflict: When the sisters go to the church, and when they leave Trembling work to keep her occupied.
Climax: Trembling gets eaten by the whale.
Resolution: When the Prince saves her from the whale with the help of a cowboy.