Not having daughters, I have never had the occasion of analyzing the lessons of the story. Now that I have a granddaughter, I shudder at what she would learn.
Here’s a list of the lessons a young girl with a young mind learns from the story:
1 All stepmothers are evil.
2 Your father is a wimp and will not protect you.
3 Your step sisters will never have your best interest/ Beware of other women.
4 You can be forced to do what other people want because you’re a weak girl.
5 The greatest goal in life is marrying Prince Charming, but it’s not really important to know him.
6 The only asset a girl has is her looks.
7 When you’re not invited to a ball, you cry in despair.
8 Pumpkins can be transformed to carriages.
9 Glass slippers are comfortable shoes, even for dancing.
10 We should wait for miracles and magic to transform our lives, but otherwise be obedient.
11 When a man is infatuated with us, or to be more precise, with our looks, rest assured he will always find you.
12 All the traits you are blessed with are worthless, unless someone rescues you.
Hmmm, I think I’ll skip this one!