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ENG101: College Writing (Diantha Quick): BCC Library Databases

Activity Description

Compare and contrast three of the seven variants of "Cinderella," and discuss the significance of the differences and similarities among variants. You may wish to use some of the following criteria for comparison and contrast in developing your essay.

Recommended Databases

Suggested Articles

Articles by Bruno Bettleheim.

Zipes, Jack. "Breaking the Disney Spell." Classic Fairy Tales, 332-352, 1999.

Zipes, Jack. "Setting Standards for Civilization through Fairy Tales: Charles Perrault and his Associates." Fairy Tales and the Art of Subversion, 13-31, 1991. (scroll down past questions for the chapter)

Additional articles from Jack Zipes


  • Cinderella's Innocence/Guilt
  • Cinderella's Passivity/Activity
  • Cinderella's Flight from the Ball
  • Cinderella's Praying/Crying over her Mother's Grave
  • Cinderella's Treatment of her Stepsisters/Stepmother
  • Level of Violence in the Tales
  • Presence/Absence of Fairy Godmother
  • Presence of Cinderella's Dead Mother
  • Role of Animals
  • Sibling Rivalry
  • The Ending
  • The Father's Role
  • The Prince's Role in Finding Cinderella
  • The Prohibition that Cinderella return by Midnight
  • The Various Types of Slipper