The Glass Slipper III

February 16, 2011


Maxfield Parrish

The marriage of the Prince and Cinderella was a match made in heaven as they were equals. The Prince was meant to choose a maiden from the Kingdom but was not in love with anyone until he met Cinderella.  He saw in her qualities of virtue, sincerity and an unaware beauty that made her unparalleled to anyone in the land.  Cinderella danced with him the whole night and unaware of his material wealth, she fell in love with his unassuming, honorable and kind demeanor.

The story of Cinderella is a metaphor about the beleaguered underdog rising to the top while solely dependent on the use of their bravery and imagination. Cinderella is an archetypal example of internal fortitude that defies the boundaries of Disney packaging. She exists in everyone no matter your race, gender, sexual orientation or creed.  Her ability to be in an undesirable lifestyle and in a state of forced servitude all while maintaining humility and exalting the glory of her ideals above her circumstances is what made her a born princess. The robes at the end of the story were an external display of her regality. The Prince and Cinderella were governed by faith inverse of fear and that is why they got their happy ending.

The tale takes the reader on a journey that emphasizes the endless possibilities one can have through progressively transforming ideas into reality while maintaining one’s virtuous self.  In essence, you get what you reflect.

Happily Ever After can and will be attained for those who live by the means and codes of their ‘happily ever after’.  And for those who think the idea a cliché, a naïve thought process, a child’s outlook on things, well, you are right to the extent because you are what you believe.  The story of Cinderella teaches us that our beliefs and our ability to hold on to our ideals is what builds our reality and brings to the forefront the actuality of living a happy life.




The Glass Slipper II

February 16, 2011


The following list is a breakdown of some of the symbolism in the story.

Relationship w/Animals: Cinderella bonds with the animals in the story in such a way that emphasizes her connection with the world. She has not allowed society or the external factors to sway her inherent good nature.

Mice: The symbolism of the mice in the story is that of strength in small packages.  In Cinderella, although the mice are physically small, they have more courage and sense to aid the heroin. In Ancient Greece, white mice were kept underneath the temple of the Greek God Apollo, as they were revered as sacred to the Sungod. He was also referred to as ‘Apollo Smintheus,’ which means Apollo the Mouse.  The mice are an external manifestation of Cinderella’s own characteristics of strength, existing inside a vessel appearing to be helpless.

Birds: Are symbolic of freedom and a care-free nature.

Clock: At the beginning of the film, her singing is interrupted by the dinging of the bell. The bell is society and the illusion of time and confinement. The bell is the first external conflict Cinderella overcomes.  As the bell rings, Cinderella says, “Oh that clock, kill joy! I hear you come on get up you say! Time to start another day, even he orders me around. Well there’s one thing, they can’t order me to stop dreaming! And perhaps someday the dreams that I wish will come true.”

Singing: The songs are sort of like mantras that keep Cinderella calm and help project her inner voice and vision. It also connects her with her dreams, along with the goodness of the world.

Cat (Lucifer): Not only is he the pet of the Step-mother and sisters but his name in the English Bible is the name given to the Devil.  The word Lucifer is Latin for ‘light-bearer’ and refers to the Fallen Angel. Throughout the Disney Cinderella, she is constantly being challenged by the smug cat, whose lazy and entitled demeanor is a direct reflection of his masters. Despite his meaningless and comfortable cruelty, Cinderella presses on despite any temptation for revenge.

Step-mom and two sisters: They are symbolic of jealousy, pride, control, greed, possessiveness, supercilious adulation, and corruption.

Glass slipper: This is symbolic of the transparency of Cinderella’s character. The uncommonness of a glass slipper directly parallels with Cinderella’s uniqueness as well as her pristine purity.  The glass slipper is the only thing that the Fairy Godmother did not transform from anything; they were a thing of magic.  The carriage and horsemen were all things converted from a household object, which is why at the stroke of midnight they assumed their natural state.  Cinderella dances, runs at the stroke of midnight and loses her glass slipper after the ball and the shoes do not break. The usage of something so fragile and incredibly brittle, as a viable material to be worn on the feet, is symbolic of strength through vulnerability, grace and everlasting beauty through the straits of adversity.

Fairy Godmother: She is the universe that responds to Cinderella’s inner voice.  In the Disney Cinderella, the first time Cinderella nearly “loses faith” is after the step-sisters tear apart her dress and pull of her pearls leaving Cinderella with “nothing.” Cinderella cries, “I can’t believe anymore, there’s nothing to believe in.” Her Fairy Godmother appears saying, “There, there now, if you didn’t believe in anything I couldn’t be here.” The symbolism of the tearing of the necklace and pearls was merely a disrobing of material goods, leaving Cinderella alone with her consciousness and the universe.  Luckily for Cinderella, her character was intact, so when she felt like she had nothing left to feel or believe in, the Universe was still operating within the realm of reflection (reflecting back to her what she was).