The Glass Slipper(1955)

Plot Summary: In a small pleasant European village, there is one unhappy person: Ella. She is despised by everyone, and mistreated by her step-mother and step-sisters. Out feeling miserable one day, Ella meets a handsome young man, who falls for her. He is really Prince Charles, the son of the Duke, but he tells her he is the son of the cook, and invites her to a great ball at the Duke’s castle. A strange woman who lives in the mountains by herself befriends Ella, and dresses her up so she can attend the ball. She goes, and is a great success, but must run out at midnight. In her haste, she drops a single glass slipper. The Prince uses the slipper to find her.

In what ways do the two different godmother relationships affect the Cinderella story?


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2 Responses to The Glass Slipper(1955)

  1. Katie Oberkircher says:

    I would say that the relationship of the godmother is actually very similar in this story compared to a traditional Cinderella tale. The main differences that I see are the element of magic and the foundation of friendship. In this Cinderella story, the absense of magic is replaced by a sense of mystery from the woman in the mountains. And even though I haven’t seen the entire movie, if the godmother “befriends” Ella then their relationship seems more like a parent child relationship as they begin to bond and learn things about each other. Otherwise, the godmother figure helps Ella in the same way as the other fairy godmothers do by finding her a dress and helping her get to the ball. Their main function is to help the Cinderella character realize that what really matters is how she reflects her inner self and the external and material objects that get her to the ball are not as important about who she really is as a person.

  2. erinob says:

    In this story the godmother does not use magic to help Cinderella and instead “borrows” the dress. She sought out the friendship of Cinderella rather than just appearing in Cinderella’s time of need. Cinderella and her “godmother” become friends and bond, which helps her dreams come true. This bond creates more of a relationship than the typical fairy godmother who normally just appears. The relationship of the godmother in both stories is very similar because it accomplishes Cinderella’s goals through preparing her and allowing her to go to the ball. Overall, the godmother acts as an outlet to endure hardships and a helper for Cinderella to find her “happily ever after.”

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