With Anne Sexton's version of Cinderella, she brings back the gore and violence to its full capacity just like with the original Brothers Grimm story. Anne Sexton, an American poet, was born in Newton, Massachusetts in 1938 and at a point in her life she suffered from a mental breakdown; and eventually committed suicide 815. A brand new doll with porcelain skin and glassy eyes. He began to feel like a shoe salesman. Anne's mother and father both struggled with alcoholism, a struggle which, according to her biographers, influenced Sexton's substance abuses later in life. He went to their house and the two sisters were delighted because they had lovely feet.
In this paper, two of the. Through her sarcasm she is making fun of the happily ever after theme by showing the reader that the idea is artificial. The style could be considered uniquely American. . As many of us know, our world today is not short of sarcasm. Sexton changes her happily ever after ending by satirizing the message the story gives. The society they lived in accepted the comedy women had to go through to get the prince.
Her stepmother threw a dish of lentils into the cinders and said: Pick them up in an hour and you shall go. Everything she had been through, her hospitalization, her affairs, her insanity, the loss of her parents, and great-aunt, gave her things to write about. That is the way with amputations. Or the nursemaid, some luscious sweet from Denmark who captures the oldest son's heart. As the dove becomes more essential to the happiness of Cinderella, the dove also becomes more powerful. I The women were bent to the stereotypes of being made for house chores and gussying up to impress the prince.
While fans applaud the underlying morals of fairy tales, critics point out the negative effects these tales have in the socialization of children. Just being a woman in today's world often can be enough to degrade a person in the public's eye, let alone being labeled as a crazy woman. Later in life, Anne also claimed that her father sexually abused her, but it cannot be claimed or disclaimed for certain. Good Day Mama, and shut for the thrust of the unicorn. Anne Sexton deconstructs the ending of her retold fairy tale by using sarcasm to change the reader's expectations of the story and myth.
Cinderella, a girl degraded by stepmother and siblings, rise to a heroine position at the end resolving the conflicts she faced. The fantasy is brought back into gritty reality, however, the luck the man has to be in a poverty stricken situation to win the Irish sweepstakes. The plumber, the nursemaid, the milkman and the charwoman are each a metaphor for the character Cinderella. The first stanza of this poem reveals the relationship between the body and the emotional indifference that suicide has placed upon the narrator. At some point, the illusion was shattered, and Santa, the Easter Bunny and Cinderella were characters we fondly remembered. She is as white as a bonefish.
Fairy tales originated as oral traditions and were passed along and sculpted by thousands of story tellers. Jealousy plays a big part in this story through everyone. Cinderella and the prince lived, they say, happily ever after, like two dolls in a museum case never bothered by diapers or dust, never arguing over the timing of an egg, never telling the same story twice, never getting a middle-aged spread, their darling smiles pasted on for eternity. Setting up the poem with little anecdotes of unexpected reality, Sexton's sarcastic tone foreshadows the outcome of the poem. This requires connecting it with the theme of the whole poem. The truth the dove relays to the Prince helps to relay a truth of society: competition for the same dream will not only turn fair intentions sour, but also cause people to use extreme measures against one another in hopes of accomplishing their goals.
The eldest went into a room to try the slipper on but her big toe got in the way so she simply sliced it off and put on the slipper. This makes Cinderella seem ungrateful. This shift makes the slipper seem more contemporary, which also makes it possible to read the poem as more of a comment on contemporary woman than as simply an atmospheric adaptation. It can be said that Sexton uses words to paint a graphic picture, while van Gogh uses his painting to communicate. Literature is another powerful means of conveying the Prince Charming and rags-to-romance Cinderella persona. What is a happily ever after? She was the product of two alcoholic parents who were neglectful and verbally abusive. Cinderella suffers so that she may ultimately be raised from poverty to riches, from anonymity to fame, from servitude to nobility.
The reader comes away from Sexton's poem with a poignant sense of the ways in which the original story's happily-ever-after blissful tone do not fit with reality in today's world. All she ever got was neglect and abuse and they got love and riches. The use of dark humor adds life and body to the poem. Now he would find whom the shoe fit and find his strange dancing girl for keeps. Women are to be obedient, quiet, and timid. It is a tragedy that turns into love and happily ever after in the end.