More Than Just a Crown: Cinderella and Kindness

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The story of “Cinderella” or “The Little Glass Slipper,” in which a girl in poor circumstances is elevated via marriage to royalty or status, has roots in lore as far back as the time of Christ. There are several more modern interpretations, including versions by Giambattista Basille and the Brothers Grimm, as well as the most widely known version by Charles Perrault.

“Cinderella” is perhaps one of the most well-known fairy tales that we have. It’s loved by children and adults alike, all over the globe. It was one of Walt Disney Studios earliest animated retellings and was immortalized by the castle that is the hallmark of the Magic Kingdom.

But what makes this story so iconic? I think it’s due to who Cinderella is as a character. She is a kind and compassionate person, despite the mistreatment she receives from her stepmother and stepsisters. She never retaliates with anger or bitterness, and instead remains optimistic and hopeful.

Additionally, the Fairy Godmother, who helps Cinderella attend the royal ball and win the prince’s heart, is also a symbol of kindness. She sees Cinderella’s struggles and uses her magic to give her a chance to live her dreams.

The prince, who falls in love with Cinderella at the ball, is also kind and compassionate. He is determined to find the mysterious girl he danced with and, even when he is mocked by his own court for his search, he persists in his quest to find her.

“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” – Ephesians 4:32

This verse fits the story of Cinderella perfectly as she’s not just kind to those around her, but she’s also willing to forgive her stepmother and stepsisters for their cruel treatment of her.