Cinderella Essay

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Cinderella is a Classic fairytale that most people have grown up watching or reading. There are also many versions of Cinderella around the world that told a tale of a young girl who went through many hardships and in the end married her prince charming with the help of some animal friends and a fairy Godmother. In "Cinderella: Not So Morally Superior" Elisabeth Panttaja examined Grimm’s Cinderella and wanted her audience to see the deeper meaning in the story in which the reader is left questioning the morality behind this fairytale. Good writers can change their reader’s mind or even move their audiences into actions though the art of persuasion and that’s exactly what Elisabeth Panttaja did in “Cinderella: Not So Morally Superior". She used pathos and logos to persuade her audience to look at Cinderella in a whole new perspective. The first emotional appeal that Panttaja used in her paper was logos, which is an appeal to reach reason or logic. She cleverly used logic to persuade the audience to look at this fairytale in a different point of view. Panttaja utilized logos and deductive argument to persuade others that Cinderella’s mother and her step mother were in fact very similar. Both Cinderella’s mother and her stepmother were devoted to their children. Both of them had the same goal of getting their daughter married to the prince and both of them were willing to go to any extreme to reach their goal (Panttaja, 2008, par.2). Both Cinderella’s mother and her stepmother were in a way at war and both were willing to do whatever it took to win. Both wanted the status and wealth for their daughter. Cinderella’s mother had a secret weapon, her magic, which she used to make sure that Cinderella was successful in marrying the prince. The second appeal described by Aristotle is Pathos which refers to persuading by appealing to audience emotions, values

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