Cinderella Not So Morally Superior Summary

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Whitney Slusser Mrs. Sherrow ACP W131 December 2, 2010 Summary Final of “Cinderella: Not So Morally Superior” (Panttaja 644-647) In her article, “Cinderella: Not So Morally Superior,” Elisabeth Panttaja (644-647) argues that Cinderella is not the motherless, good hearted, and honest character that she is portrayed to be. Panttaja believes Cinderella’s mother has a main role in the story, and that Cinderella is a lying, deceiving, and serpentine character. In almost every Cinderella story, Cinderella is thought to be completely absent. However, according to Panttaja, her mother plays a key role in Cinderella’s future, and in the story’s moral. Although Cinderella’s mother seems to be dead, it is she who holds the most power within the…show more content…
The fact that most fail to realize, as pointed by the author, is that these two mothers want the same things: they both want the best future for their daughters, and both mothers are willing to do anything to ensure that it happens. It is, however, Cinderella’s mother who surpasses and comes in first place. Panttaja believes Cinderella succeeds in winning the prince’s hand at the ball not because of the goodness of her character, but because she was able to stay loyal to her mother. By doing this her mother rewards her by giving her the most beautiful appearance in the entire kingdom. Cinderella succeeds through her mother’s magic, deceit, lies, and disguises. In terms of the prince, it is Cinderella’s mother who ultimately decides which girl in the kingdom he should choose. He does not marry Cinderella out of love, her pity or her true beauty; for he never experiences these things. The prince only witnessed what Cinderella’s mother had made her; love plays no part in his choice. Panttaja believes that marriages in fairy tales are based more on power, and the ability to manipulate others by disguise, than on the actual love and affection one has toward other

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