Essay by trin2matrix03University, Bachelor'sF, May 2004

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Great children's literary work, especially fairy tales, can be found in many different styles and forms. Only a few people realize that these tales have been passed on year after year, century after century. The tales change and form similar but new ones as the year passes by. Each century opens a new door to interpretation, style, presentation, appearance, and meaning. The story of a young girl covered in ashes named Cinderella, has been a classic fairy tale for several centuries. It is a tale that can be compared and contrasted to other works based off of the tale. Through research, analysis and common knowledge, it is possible to find similarities and differences between the different publications of Cinderella. From the 18th century to the 20th century, different Cinderella stories can be compared and contrasted to each other through illustration, presentation, appearance, meaning and style.

The first story that appears in the primer is Cinderella, or as the primer has published Cinderilla, or the Little Glass Slipper which spelled "Cinderella" differently.

The story's appearance and presentation doesn't have illustrations or a variety of fonts. Instead the presentation is of a studious and educating nature. It is a rather lengthy story for children, but the content is descriptive and detailed of the happenings in the story. Because the presentation and the appearance of the story are of an educated nature, the detailed descriptions of the happenings give the Cinderella story a different meaning. It gives the story of Cinderella the meaning of good things happen to those who wait and believe in miracles. Although the meaning seems a bit out there, it still is realistic and a lesson that is often taught to children when in school. Besides the meaning of the story, the events that happen in the story and...