Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm’s “Cinderella” is a classic story about Always remaining good, even if people are bad to you. This story shows how being good will prevail. When Cinderella’s mom fell ill she told her “ Dear child, remain pious and good then our God will always protect you and I will look down on you from heaven and be near you.” (Grimm) When her mother told her these words she meant them but didn’t know what lied ahead for Cinderella.
The girl continued to be good. As the days passed by she still missed her mother. The seasons changed and Cinderella had found a women to take as his wife. When she gained a stepmother and two step sisters she never knew how different her life would become. Her stepsisters were horrible to her they were entitled, mean and bratty towards Cinderella. One day her fathers went into town and asked all of the family if they needed anything.
The stepmother and stepsisters wanted expensive items and Cinderella just wanted the first twig that hit her fathers hat. He brought them all what they asked for. When Cinderella received her gist from her father, she ran to her mothers grave and planted it. That small twig grew into a beautiful tree. Cinderella’s life was changing and it would be the hardest challenge for her to remain good. Her stepsisters and stepmother would make her do all the chores, cutting wood, cooking and the dishes along with anything else they asked of her.
Through it all she remained good and always did what was asked of her. “ Besides this, the sisters did everything imaginable to hurt her.” (Grimm) When the king announced there would be a three day festival set up to find his son a bride and everyone women in the kingdom must attend. Little did Cinderella know her stepmother would go against the king and not allow her to go. She begged to be able to go, as she was demanded by her evil step sisters to help them get ready.
Her stepmother mocked and but told her, “ I have scattered a bowl of lentils into the ashes for you. If you can pick them out again in two hours, then you may go with us.” (Grimm) When Cinderella completed in timely manner her stepmother still refused to allow her to go. When she would go to her mother’s grave she would call up to the skies and the trees and what she called for would come to her.
This time she asked for something nice to wear to the festival and it came to her. She headed to the festival disobeying what her stepmother said. Cinderella attended the festival all three days. Something happened on the third day that would changed her life forever. When it came time for her to leave on the third night she left behind a slipper. The next day the price searched the entire kingdom looking for the girl who lost her slipper.
The price had fallen in love with her. When the prince came to Cinderella’s house the stepsisters tried so hard to fit in the slipper. They couldn’t even force it to fit. To the stepsisters and stepmother surprise when the slipper was tried on Cinderella it fit perfect. On the day of the wedding between the prince and Cinderella the stepsisters tried to get in Cinderella’s good graces.
The pigeons pecked their eyes out. “ And thus, or their wickedness and falsehood, were punished with blindness as long as they lived.” (Grimm) The moral to this story is simple, if you treat people kind and do what is right you nothing will ever be able to tie you down. The goodness in people will always prevail. Cinderella got everything she ask for and deserved.
- Grimm, Jacob and Wilhelm. ‘Cinderella.’ 1999. National Geographic.com. 3 July 2003