Critique of Panttaja's Cinderella

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In the critique Cinderella: Not So Morally Superior, Elisabeth Panttaja critiques a version of a Cinderella story, Ashputtle, by Jakob and Wilelm Grimm. Panttaja goes in depth about hidden details of Ashputtle and how Ashputtle is not actually motherless, and the real mother is behind all the magic. Even though Panttaja states that Ashputtle’s real mother is violent and evil, she is actually a sweet, godmother like person. Panttaja argues that even though Ashputtle does not have a real living mother, the hazel branch, given to her by her father that she planted at her mother’s grave, which grows into a tree, acts as her mother by taking care of Ashputtle (Panttaja 659). The tree grants Ashputtle’s every wish; from her clothes to helping out with chores. It is evident that the mother is in the hazel tree and is behind all the magic (Panttaja 659). The traditional story, as well in this version, describes the stepmother as evil. She makes Cinderella cook, clean, and get up before dawn to accomplish jobs that need to be done. In this story Panttaja says it is both mothers that are wicked. Panttaja states the real mother “plots and schemes, and she wins” (Panttaja 660) when it comes to fulfilling the wishes of Ashputtle. But actually the two mothers have the same goal in mind; to have their daughters married off and have a joyful life. To be able to do this, the real mother puts a charm on the prince to make him fall in love with Ashputtle instead of anyone else. The prince did not dance with anyone else all night and would always say “she is my partner” (Grimm 630). The mother through the doves gives her special clothes that are more beautiful than anyone else’s. Panttaja states that he is under a charm and it is pure magic in the work, not true love. That in itself is evil because it is manipulating the prince and everyone else around. Another example of the

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