Cinderella is a story that signifies the victory of good over evil, at the very least. It is a fairy tale, which leans more to the folklore angle, mainly because it has been told in diverse forms and in an assortment of places across the globe, and, most grippingly, during various epochs in time.
The word ‘Cinderella’ is actually consequent from the word ‘cinder’, and the protagonist female in the original ‘Cinderella’ is thus christened primarily since she is by and large illustrated as one squandering all her free time amid cinders, near the hearth, after the day’s grueling, tedious work, as forced upon her by her nasty stepmother and ugly stepsisters. While the namesake itself describes the wretched and sad life that this gracefully attractive, yet oppressed young lass is designed to lead in the initial stage, it also contrasts the joyful and merry life that she is acknowledged to experience at the end of the story.
Apart from that, this very greatly admired tale also incorporates a commanding element of the supernatural. While the original Cinderella includes various ethereal and emblematic allusions imminent from Cinderella’s birthmother’s tomb, the story was then tailored by selected eminent authors to illustrate the influx of the girl’s own Fairy Godmother, who has been allotted the task of taking good care of her, making sure that she leads a good, blissful and fitting life ahead, and, more importantly, send her to the Royal Ball, during which the handsome Prince is believed to choose his wife from all those invited, so that she stands a superior opportunity due to her flawless gorgeousness.
The Fairy Godmother is then acknowledged to create the perfect mystical effects, and turn a pumpkin into a glossy coach, and mice into its horses, complete with lizards and rats transformed into footmen and coachmen respectively. And of course, she alters Cinderella’s entire persona by swathing her in a spectacular gown, and the famous pair of graceful little glass slippers, all of which beguile the Prince with such charisma that on beholding this lovely, mysterious princess fleeing from the castle at the stroke of twelve, when the spell is ordained to break as promised by the Fairy Godmother, he dispatches a herald across the empire, in order to find her, with the aid of one of the glass slippers that she leaves behind in her immense urgency. Eventually, much to her stepmother and stepsisters’ shock, Cinderella’s foot fits the slipper perfectly, and the Prince marries her, causing her malevolent relatives to beseech forgiveness, and be sorry for maltreating her.
While you will come across innumerable varieties of this popular chronicle, the most accepted one is Perrault’s version, which is explained above. Every version of the lore, starting from the original Cinderella, in the end, makes a fantastic fairy tale, to enthrall little girls and enable them to dream in the same way about their own attractive Princes, giving them a ray of optimism, and great faith, that they will be swept off their feet in pretty much the same way as this young maiden was. Cinderella is, hence, the perfect bed-time story for little kids, for they learn and appreciate the romantic point of view that we human beings see the world in, apart from the veracity that they experience in their daily life.