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Should Cinderella have gone to the ball?

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Wednesday, 1 June 2011 | Views [2183]

Not exactly travel talk, but it's all a part of the experience. Trust my students to turn a fairy tale into a discussion of rape, murder and the influence on children. I've either been with them too long and brainwashed them, or taught them too well....

A class essay created by the brains of 7C

We think Cinderella should never have gone to that gruesome ball! There are a myriad of reasons that we am against her going to that dreadful, unsupervised and untamable ball. For instance, she shouldn’t have trusted strangers, and terrible things could have happened on her way back from the ball. Thus, going to the ball was, most probably, one of the worst decisions of her life.

To begin with, the way Cinderella trusted the fairy godmother teaches, or influences children to trust strangers. For example, in Snow White, she trusted the wicked old lady and got poisoned. This shows that if children trust people they don’t know, there could be consequences. Would you want YOUR children to talk to and trust random strangers? 60% of children believe that they read in fairy tales and see on TV, and this can have an effect.

Our second argument is that she is alone at night and she could have been taken advantage of by people such as drug addicts, rapists and murderers. She is alone and pretty in a large palace filled with a lot of people. It was a masked ball too, so she wouldn’t have known who it was assaulting her. So, it would have been better if she had just stayed at home, safe and sound.

On the other hand, just because she’s a maid doesn’t mean that she can’t have a life. Cinderella was a maid and if the stepmother found out she was at the ball, she could have gotten an even worse life than she had initially. Cinderella would have been in a lot of trouble because she went to the ball without permission from her stepmother, regardless of whether or not she swept the floors. She should have a nice day, but she shouldn’t have gone to the ball.

To conclude, we think that Cinderella should NOT have gone to the ball because of various dangers, including rape, murder and the trusting of strangers. These should not really be in a children’s fairy tale as it could influence tragic behaviour. We thank you for giving a few minutes of your time to realise what your children are really reading.

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