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Added by: Mouse turds
I don't think she is saying "where nice guys finish first." I think she is saying "that story" in that it IS a story, and not anyone's reality.
Added by: seraphim
wow. the prince had to be pretty stupid if he didnt recognize her and had to go by her shoe size. idiot. but i like this poem anyway and all of anne sexton's poems. nice
Added by: Kora
Dear Mr. haha,
The reason the prince wouldn't have recognized her if, say, he saw her in a crowd at Washington Square Park watching a fire eater, was because she was just a normal girl -- even a bit on the dirty and tattered side. It took an enchanted evening for him to notice her. And he was smart enough to know that, by day, she would be unrecognizable to him save for her special shoe size that wasn't "fits all."
Don't you get anything?
Added by: Student
Thanks everyone i had i essay on this and your comments were very helpfull
Added by: Anonymous
Anne Sexton has been known to write feminist-type poetry. She's more widely known as a confessional poet, meaning she lived a VERY unhappy life and spent much time in mental hospitals and she wrote poems that told stories about her life. She actually began to write poetry as therapy. Her work was somewhat criticised, because she wrote about women's sexual desires and other such female-not-spoken-of-stuff.
This poem, however, comes from her book, Transformations, in which she transformed many of the Grimm brothers' tales. Her blatant, shocking confessionalist poems had become less shocking and also less popular after she'd published five books of poems. Transformations is haled as her best book of poetry, and also her last good one before she died in 1974.
With the poems in Transformations, Sexton was reminding the world of the Grimm brothers' original stories, and teaching us that happily ever after doesn't exist. In her last stanza, she writes that Cinderella and the prince lived happily ever after like two dolls in a museum case, never worrying about the timing of an egg, something about diapers and dust, never gaining a middle-aged spread, with their darling smiles pasted on for eternity. Sexton has refered, in the summary of the Cinderella story to each of the first four stories in the first four stanza's. What those people left when their fairytale came true is what Cinderella and the prince never lived, but they didn't really live did they? If they were locked up like dolls in a case? dolls are meant to be played with. They never experience the everyday toils that we do, but we experience life. Sexton has written a poem that teaches that happily ever after can only exist if one doesn't plan to truly LIVE.
There are other lessons in this poem, however. She masterfully keeps the same crucial lessons that the Grimm brothers originally intended. Greed leads to a lack of self-respect (the stepsisters mutilated themselves!). Treat others as...(they got their eyes pecked out). etc (from the latin et cetera, meaning and the rest).
Added by: StUdEnTs: Callen and Brandy
Thanks everyone for the great critiques. I needed some of these for an essay I have to write concerning the Grimm Brother's version of Cinderella, and Anne Sexton's version! Also to all of you that do not know, Anne Sexton's version came directly out of the Grimm Brother's version. Some of the words are just switched around. Also she added real life situations into the mix. Also I believe that maybe Sexton was somewhat Jealous of Cinderella and all the people who have had Cinderella like lives, because of the horrible life she had. She never had a Cinderella story in her life. It was like she was rolling her eyes when she wrote "That Story". Thanks for your time! I had to put my critique in too.
Anne Sexton's "Cinderella"
Added by: Lucy
I think the poem is more about luck than gender. Some win, some lose in this life. We all appeal to a higher power (whether in a religious sense or strictly spiritual) for assistance through life (the dove), we all have obstacles (the step sisters, the death of the mother), we all feel abandoned (father) or slaves to the grind (cinderella), but we must persevere, we must believe that since some get lucky, we may too. God's (or whatever) delays are not his denials. Perseverence and luck is what I feel from "Cinderella", yes, and that good old Sexton sarcasm adds realism.
Added by: Amy
I think that this poem has a lot to do with the theory of the American Dream. While the beginning parts talk about other countries, I am referring to the theory of getting anywhere you want to land of opportunitites etc. "American Dream" theory. It discusses the irony of living life in a "glass case" and being un-affected by the world. Sexton also discusses subjects quintissentially American like the Jazz musician, Al Jolson, and the Bobsey twins. I think this poem is about the give-and-take of life in America, as the strugle that comes with finding success. It also is a contemptful view of others who are more fortunate than she. In any event, the piece is very ironic, contemptful, and definitly not a fairy tale.
Added by: peter
AS many people do not know Anne Sexton commited suicide. She was a great supporter of woman power and this poem is based upon the disgrestions of how she saw the everyday life.
Do you always get what you pay for?
Added by: Amy
This is a great poem. I believe Sexton's is telling the reader to look at women differently and have women think about the lives. The mother in the poem tells Cinderella to basically obey and you will get your prince charming. All of the cuel things Cinderella live with all those years where hopefully paid off with a prince charming. Is Cinderella happy now? Does she still wash floors, change diaper, argue with prince charming?Sexton's is sending a message to women saying live your life and don't be walked on because there is more life the prince charming.

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