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Classic fairytales are timeless and will always be reinvented and reused. Among them, the Disney productions having Cinderella as a protagonist are uplifting stories of the prevailing of hope and kindness in a world of the greed, selfishness, injustice and survival of the most ruthless, which made the American 1950’s animated film a real success. Cinderella is the symbol of the poor yet innocent and virtuous, as she endures the unfairness of her existence without falling into despair or bitterness, and in the end her patience pays off, as she accomplishes her dream of a better life.

Starting life as the only daughter of a wealthy aristocrat, Her life gets complicated when her father, a widower, marries Lady Tremaine, who, after the death of Cinderella’s father, later proves to have a vile personality, shared by her two daughters from a previous marriage, Anastasia and Drizella. An outcast in her family, the young woman is mocked and becomes the servant of her step-mother and step-sisters, being left in charge of all household chores as well as catering to their every whim, which she does without complaining. The intervention of her Fairy Godmother enables her to go to a ball, where she meets the prince she will later marry, completely reversing her situation.

Cinderella is the impersonation of purity and endurance. She doesn’t suffer form the victim complex and tolerantly awaits the event that will put her in the position she deserves. Not even when she has the necessary power does she seek revenge on the people who have made her existence difficult. Personality-wise, Prince Charming, her future husband, is not notable as a character, the only thing that stands out being his sudden and overwhelming love for Cinderella, as he would stop at nothing to find her. He proves to be thorough and tactful when deciding every single young woman should try on the slipper Cinderella dropped at the ball, regardless of her social status. The other significant positive character, the Fairy Godmother, is a kind supernatural entity who provides Cinderella with a dress, a carriage and servants, so she could mingle with the high-society guests at the ball. Her ingenuity proves useful when she selects the rough material to magically transform, namely a pumpkin for a carriage and rats for servants.

Although the three women who mistreat Cinderella are portrayed as wicked, a more in-depth analysis actually reveals them as being quite lame, since they are only motivated by envy towards Cinderella’s beauty and in spite of their exploitation, she remains untouchable, as their attitude doesn’t even manage to discourage her or alter her perspective. The two step-sisters are obviously frustrated by Cinderella’s superiority in every single way, as they come out as lacking conspicuous physical qualities, as well as manners and social skills, which leads to the deduction that they’re a bit thick and defectively educated, which is no surprise considering their mother.

Whilst moral impurity and cynicism have already infiltrated even children’s programs, to prepare them for a world in which hope is often regarded as foolishness, this story is meant to lay emphasis on the fact that sincerity, compassion and generosity are ultimately rewarded by divine providence.