Cinderella anne sexton essays

In trying to find the woman who fits the shoe, the Prince (as in the Disney version) comes to Cinderella's house, and the stepsisters attempt to get their feet into the shoe. Unlike in the Disney version, however, in the Grimm/Sexton version, each sister cuts off a part of her foot to fit it into the shoe, and the blood pouring out of the shoe gives her away. Cinderella eventually tries on the shoe, it fits without any bloodletting, and she marries the Prince. At the wedding ceremony the dove pecks out the stepsisters' eyes (ew!). The Prince and Cinderella then live happily ever after—or so it seems.

It was only important
to smile and hold still,
to lie down beside him
and to rest awhile,
to be folded up together
as if we were silk,
to sink from the eyes of mother
and not to talk.
The black room took us
like a cave or a mouth
or an indoor belly.
I held my breath
and daddy was there,
his thumbs, his fat skull,
his teeth, his hair growing
like a field or a shawl.
I lay by the moss
of his skin until
it grew strange. My sisters
will never know that I fall
out of myself and pretend
that Allah will not see
how I hold my daddy
like an old stone tree.

Cinderella anne sexton essays

cinderella anne sexton essays


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