[DWJ] Feeling sorry for Penelope (was Fire and Hemlock Question)

rohina at shaw.ca rohina at shaw.ca
Sat Aug 19 13:19:05 EDT 2006

I love these questions! We had a very interesting discussion of 
Cinderella the last time I taught children's lit because the class came 
to the conclusion that the story was a bad influence because she is such 
a doormat, but they all confessed that they loved it.


> I use a Cinderella Graph to teach plotting to kids... but caution that 
> she's a very oldfashioned protagonist. Her virtue is seen in cheerful 
> acceptance and goodness, whereas by our standards she's reactive, not 
> proactive.
> She is presumably a young adult (marriageable), yet she slaves for her 
> stepma instead of going off to get a maid's position where she'll be 
> paid.
> She doesn't ask the Fairy Godmother where she's been through her sad 
> childhood... why turn up now the girl is an adult?
> She doesn't protest the 12 o'clock thing.
> She doesn't give the prince her name, address and mobile number.
> She doesn't seek him out - HE does all the glass slipper stuff. She 
> didn't even leave it behind on purpose!
> Sallyo.
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