This article takes on the famous bedtime children’s story “Cinderella” and views it from a non-traditional perspective where the key message of the story is turned around from the typical and widely accepted one (the good and the virtuous shall always be rewarded) to a more contrasting and unconventional one that credits her success to the use of magic and crafty nature which she uses to defend herself from her enemies.

The opening scene of stories and fairytales in general, is of crucial significance because it sets the scene for the key theme of the story and offers a hint about the problems that the main character is likely to encounter. In this story, the scene is set with the death of Cinderella’s mother which the author’s claim is far from the truth as the mother lives on in the form the magical tree and continues to support her daughter through magic.

Cinderella’s mother shares a strong similarity with the stepmother in her strong resolve and determination to find an apt suitor for her daughter. Both the mothers are keen on going to any length to ensure their daughter’s long-term well-being.

The theme of the story contradicts itself in narrative whereby the central character, Cinderella who is an epitome of piousness, patience and virtue uses magic and other shallow means (such as the exquisitely designed dress) to woo the prince rather than her much discussed and widely praised, good character. The contradiction in the narratives is highlighted all the more as the story unfolds whereby Cinderella is seen doing the very things that are often associated with the “bad” or evil in fairytales aka, lying, deceiving, and using magic to defeat the enemies.

On reading this article I learned that although a story, such as this, looks simple and harmless but on a closer look contains various layers which when analysed offers a completely contrasting perspective of the characters and the narrative itself. Re-reading and reviewing does help in looking at things in a different light altogether.