Cinderella has been around for centuries, catching many audience’s attentions, yet following the same pattern and consisting of, mostly, the same characters. This thesis document contains how Walt Disney’s 1950 film Cinderella uses major narrative elements from Charles Perrault’s Cendrillon and the Grimms Brothers’ Aschenputtel. It contains comparisons between the Disney, Grimms Brothers, and Perrault’s versions while analyzing their stories and includes the symbolism these stories contain. It also contains some of the Disney downfall and uprising toward the beginning of this franchise and how Cinderella came to be the reason for his uprising success. In the end, this document comments on the modern derivatives from the Disney version

Semester/Year of Award

Fall 2015


Gerald Nachtwey

Mentor Professional Affiliation

English and Theatre

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Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

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Department Name when Degree Awarded

English and Theatre