20 Facts About Cinderella


The word Cinderella has, by analogy, come to mean one whose attributes were unrecognized: one who unexpectedly achieves recognition or success after a period of obscurity and neglect.

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The still-popular story of Cinderella continues to influence popular culture internationally, lending plot elements, allusions, and tropes to a wide variety of media.

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Oldest known oral version of the Cinderella story is the ancient Greek story of Rhodopis, a Greek courtesan living in the colony of Naucratis in Egypt, whose name means "Rosy-Cheeks".

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Resemblance of the shoe-testing of Rhodopis with Cinderella's slipper has already been noted in the 19th century, by Edgar Taylor and Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould.

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Cinderella's covers the bed with her own brocade but, unbeknownst to her, her beloved's bride is actually her twin sister, and her mother recognizes the brocade as the same one she had given to the daughter she had abandoned so many years before.

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Cinderella's is portrayed as an orphaned child in her early childhood.

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Cinderella's knew that the Prince was very sad about her disappearance so one day she made some krustini for him and hid the three gifts in each of them.

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Cinderella's befriends a fish, which is the reincarnation of her deceased mother.

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Cinderella's finally reunited with the king and lived happily ever after.

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One of the most popular versions of Cinderella was written in French by Charles Perrault in 1697, under the name Cendrillon ou la petite pantoufle de verre.

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Cinderella's calls for her only daughter, and tells her to remain good and kind, as God would protect her.

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Cinderella's is forced to do all kinds of hard work from dawn to dusk for the sisters.

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Cinderella's tells her wishes to the bird, and every time the bird throws down to her what she has wished for.

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Cinderella's cut off part of her heel to get her foot in the slipper, and again the prince is fooled.

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Jack Zipes, commenting on a Sicilian variant, concluded much the same: Cinderella is helped by her mother "in the guise of doves, fairies, and godmothers".

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The 1950 Disney adaptation takes advantage of the slipper being made of glass to add a twist whereby the slipper is shattered just before Cinderella has the chance to try it on, leaving her with only the matching slipper with which to prove her identity.

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Cinderella arrives and proves her identity by fitting into the slipper or other item .

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Prince pleading for Cinderella to try the shoe, illustration in The fairy tales of Charles Perrault by Harry Clarke, 1922.

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In 1804 Cinderella was presented at Drury Lane Theatre, London, described as "A new Grand Allegorical Pantomimic Spectacle" though it was very far in style and content from the modern pantomime.

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In 1820 Harlequin and Cinderella at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden had much of the modern story by Rossini but was a Harlequinade again featuring Grimaldi.

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