What exactly makes a story a Cinderella story? Is it the ending? While there seem to be several interpretations of Cinderella they all seem to have the same conceptual endings. The main-character a girl named Cinderella who is mistreated by her two stepsisters and mother. Cinderella is a good, kind person. Cinderella’s goodness is always rewarded with magical assistance or by a fairy godmother. The ending always leaves Cinderella elevated in position by a royal person, who loves her for her good qualities that is noticed at the ball by the prince. The traditional ending usually has one or more characters at a higher ranking within the story then another set of characters; everything is happy and all problems are resolved in the end. Or in fairy tales the common ending phrase is, “And they lived happily ever after”.
There is more to a fairy tale such as Cinderella then that everyone lives happily ever after. Fairy tales are stories meant for children to teach a moral and valuable lesson. The variations in Cinderella offer different lessons and values.
The classic Cinderella fairy tale, is Walt Disney’s; Moreover, Walt Disney’s version of “Cinderella” was the only version ever created for film. Walt Disney’s version in contrasts to other “Cinderella” endings such as “When the Clock Strikes” by Tanith Lee and “Ashputtle” by Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm, there is no happily ever after. Both “Cinderella” endings end with either death or misery. Although each Cinderella ending varies, each ending has a moral lesson to be learned, however the lesson or value that is gained from reading the story is for the reader to decipher.
Fairy tales are made up stories that usually hold a significant moral value to be learned at the end. For example the classic story of, “The Boy Who cried Wolf”. Eventually after crying wolf several times, none of the village people answered to the boy’s false plea for help....