Dark Origins of Disney Fairy Tales
Cinderella s origin lies in a variety of similar stories, like the story of Rhodopis, Giambattista Basile s Cenerentola, Charles Perrault s Cendrillon, and many folklores, with only variations regarding the presence of the Godmother or magic, or the shoe material. Brothers Grimm s Aschenputtel is helped by doves sent by her mother from heaven; the step sisters cut off their toes or heels to fit into the shoes. In the end, the doves peck their eyes out. One tale suggests that Cinderella kills her first step mother, while another says she escapes her incestuous father and meets the prince in a new land.