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I choose Cinderella as my critical essay subject. In this essay I'll be talking about The Brothers Grimm's story Cinderella. This is a very rich and thought provoking work. I will talk about the struggles of the main character Cinderella, and how she over came them.

The story was written in 1812, in German, using little of the archaic dialog thanks to the translation by Margaret Hunt and James Stern. The work is full of powerful imagery such as "in the evening when she had worked till she was weary she had no bed to go to, but had to sleep by the hearth in the cinders" explaining how she got her name. The authors' were very good at describing the settings.

The Grimms used third person to narrate the story, which made it seem like a movie in my head the way I picture everything. The birds coming in to help pick out the lentils was amusing The setting of the story was a kingdom of old where there were still kings and princes that ruled the land.

Other parts of the settings were the garden where Cinderella's mother was buried and the king's party.

The main conflict that I saw was the one between Cinderella's stepsisters and stepmother. Some of the more intense parts are… Comb our hair for us, brush our shoes and fasten our buckles, for we are going to the wedding at the king's palace. Cinderella obeyed, but wept, because she too would have liked to go with them to the dance, and begged her stepmother to allow her to do so. " You go Cinderella! Said she; "covered in dust and dirt as you are and would go to the festival/ you have no clothes and shoes, yet would...