Cinderella basic summary

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Cinderella basic summary

Cinderella wants to go to the ball, but her stepmother prevents her from going by giving her more chores than she can complete, so her fairy godmother helps her. The conflict is external, Cinderella versus her step mother, so it is Man vs Man.

There once was a widower who remarried. His second wife was ill-natured, and she had two daughters who were just as unpleasant as their mother. The man had a beautiful, gentle daughter of his own, and she was soon to become the servant of her evil step-mother and step-sisters. They made her do all the chores around the house, and she was named Cinderella, after the cinders she swept out of the fireplace.The King needed to find a queen for his prince, so he threw a huge ball. The evil step-mother and step-sisters were invited, but Cinderella was not allowed to go. After they left, Cinderellaís fairy godmother appeared and changed her dirty rags into a beautiful gown with glass slippers. Next the fairy godmother changed a pumpkin into a coach and some mice into footmen. Before Cinderella left, the fairy godmother warned her to be home before midnight, because the spell would only last till then.Cinderella was a hit at the ball. The prince fell in love with her and asked her name. Just then the clock struck midnight, and Cinderella ran away. She was in such a hurry, she lost one of her glass slippers. It was the only clue the prince had to find his true love. He went to every home in the kingdom and had every single young girl try on the slipper to see if it fit. The evil step-sisters couldnít fit the slipper, but Cinderella did. The prince married her and they all lived happily ever after.




The story takes place a long time ago in a land ruled by a king and a queen.


Main characters are Cinderella and her step-mother.Minor Characters include: the stepsisters, the fairy godmother and the prince.Protagonist: CinderellaAntagonist: the step mother


The themes of “Cinderella” are implied. The reader can infer one or more themes from it. One theme is that you should make the best of any situation and things will work out in the end. Another might be, good triumphs over evil.