Cinderella is one of the oldest and Cinderella has been diffused through countless cultures. This text has been appropriated into several forms, including novels, plays, films, and even operas and ballets. Ever after is just one appropriation of the original literary version of Cinderella, The Glass Slipper by Charles Perrault. Both these texts follow similar themes and ideas to the original folk-tale, however vary through their respective culture contexts.
Both The Glass Slipper and Ever after are set in the pageantry and beauty of mid-16th Century France, however are aimed towards different audiences. The themes of the Glass Slipper is aimed towards the strict tradition values of16-th century France itself, while Ever-after is a modern made film aimed for the open-mindedness of the 20th century. Through the audience, both these texts portray the original themes of Cinderella in various ways.
The Glass Slipper, the theme of jealousy is placed in cultural context.
Beauty and grace were incredibly important parts of women in 16th century France and the importance of them are stressed through the new stepmother's physical jealousies of Cinderella. . Because "she could not bear the good qualities of this pretty girl; and the less, because they made her own daughters so much the more hated and despised", Cinderella's stepmother displays her "ill humour" by employing the child "in the meanest work of the house". Thus with her jealousies, the step-mother is seen as wicked, and ungraceful and tries to diminish Cinderella's beauty and grace through housework, which was stressed as a work for the poor.
In the 20th Century, audiences could not relate at all to a stepmother full of such shallowness, that the producers of ever after have provided a legitimate excuse for the stepmother's bitterness towards her stepdaughter. In this version, the storytellers emphasize...