FICTIONAL CHARACTER ASK: CINDERELLA’S STEPMOTHER
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Favorite thing about them: On one hand, i can respect the fact that she wants to marry her daughters with financially well provided man, so they can have a guaranted good future.
Least favorite thing about them: On the other hand, that motivation doesn’t justify the exploitation of her stepdaughter’s work and the psychological (and sometimes physical) abuse that she tends to put her daughters trough in the name of being perceived as “perfect”.
Three things i have in common with them:
Sometimes, i think that being concerned with financial stability is important.
I could be jealous and envious when i was younger.
I prefer cats to dogs.
Three things i don’t have in common with them:
I was never married.
I don’t have kids.
In contrast to her usual coldness, i am more ansious, explosive and violent tempered.
From when she orders her daughters the mutilation of their feet, in the Brothers Grimm Ashputtel:
“Never mind, cut it off; when you are queen you will not care about toes; you will not want to walk”.
From the 1950 Disney animated film, that expanded her role and lines from the Perrault version:
“Girls, please. After all, we did make a bargain, didn't we, Cinderella? And I never go back on my word. Hmm. How very clever. These beads - they give it just the right touch. Don't you think so, Drizella?”
From the Rogers and Hammerstein Musical, showing how rutless she can be in the name of “perfection”:
“Whoever hopes to marry the prince must be perfect”.
From the 1998 film adaptation Ever After:
“Darling, nothing is final until you are dead. And even then, I'm sure God negotiates”.
“How can anyone love a pebble in their shoe?”
“A woman would do practically anything for the love of a daughter, Your Majesties. Perhaps I did get... a little carried away”.
brOTP: Her cat Lucifer in the 1950 Disney animated film.
OTP: Duke Zaral, from the 1996 italo-japanese anime series adaptation Cinderella Monogatari.
nOTP: Any of her daughters, Cinderella or the Prince.
Random Headcanon: She was born in an aristocratic family, and her first husband, father of her daughters, was also an aristocrat, and she actually liked him. Sayed first husband died very young, her family went financially broke because her father got gambling debts, and she was forced to marry Cinderella’s father, who was a rich merchant, but with no aristocratic blood. It was a marriage of convenience for both: he would gain aristocratic family connections, and she would be financially secure. Paranoid that the aristocratic society looked at her with contempt for marrying a merchant with no noble lineage, her determination to marry her daughters with the Prince or at least another rich aristocrat is a question of regaining the lost family honour and pride for her.
Unpopular Opinion: Unlike with her daughters, who usually are portrayed as also being victims of her abuse, i don’t think the Stepmother can be redeemed. You may write a character study of her, analyzing the place where she comes from, but this will probably make her intimidation even worse, because the kind of abuse that she perpetrates is something that feels very grounded in real life, and (hopefully) we wouldn’t simpathize with someone like her if we met them.
Song i associate with them:
Money Money Money by ABBA
Favorite picture of them:
This illustration by Sophie May Bowley
This illustration by Ernest Kutzner
This illustration by Oswald Poetzelberger
This illustration by Lin Wang
Faina Georgijewna Ranewskaja in the 1947 Russian film adaptation
Jo Van Fleet (with Barbara Ruick and Pat Carrol as her daughters) in 1965 Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Carola Braunbock in the 1973 Czech Film Three Wishes for Cinderella
Eve Arden in Faerie Tale Theater
Bernadette Peters in 1997 Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Anjelica Huston in Ever After
The 1950 Disney Animated Film Version:
And for @anne-white-star the 1996 Cinderella Monogatari Anime Adaptation
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