Critique of "Cinderella Not so Morally' Superior"

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Critique of “Cinderella: Not So Morally Superior” In the article “Cinderella: Not So Morally Superior,” Elisabeth Panttaja states, a not so obvious but true point, that Cinderella is not the innocent orphaned girl we would expect. She also makes it clear that Cinderella’s mother plays a vital role in Cinderella’s life. She plays a role by doing what she had promised Cinderella on her death bed. She told Cinderella “Dear child be good and pious. Then the dear Lord shall always assist you, and I shall look down from heaven and take care of you.” (Panttaja 659). In most of the Cinderella stories we know Cinderella’s mother is thought to be completely absent. The question Panttaja is asking is “is Cinderella really motherless?” (659). The answer is no, she has her mother taking care of her through the hazel tree. The mother takes care of Cinderella through many forms, through the tree that provides her with the dresses she needs to attend the ball and through the pigeons that point out the incorrect brides to the prince. Panttaja also argues that “Cinderella finds refuge in a pear tree. Since these places of refuge continue the bird/tree symbolism we could, quite possibly, be meant to see the mother in them.” (659). Regardless of her mother dying, she was well-mothered. “Unlike the narratives favored by psychoanalysis, which are about maternal absence and disempowerment, this tale tells a story about a strong mother/daughter relationship that shape events.” (660). Cinderella’s mother, ultimately, helps Cinderella find a husband. Cinderella’s mother and the step sisters’ mother, in the end, want the same thing. They both want to find their daughters the “right” man, but Cinderella’s mother comes out on top. Yes, Cinderella and her mother ended up on top but not while being morally sound. Some of the things that she does is “she disobeys the stepmother, enlists
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