We tend to talk about the character shoes as signs and determine the fate of a person. So be understandable wedding ceremonies, associated with enough new shoes: bridesmaid shoes stolen by guests, and the groom redeems them; the groom is able to drink from a champagne bridesmaid shoes (and a sign of to, but also of saturation with life of his lady). Understandable concerns about the right place carry: forbidden to put shoes on the table (in the England of the past centuries this meant to be a wish to be hanged) and deliberately turn it on (in Turkey it would be an act of magic damage). And natural girls rites of divination through shoes about the future of marriage, described by V. A. Zhukovsky.
Shoes as gifts or as hand-created object for us in the fairy tale folklore is the form of the new destiny of a hero. Women’s shoes (or boots) are essential in such famous and memorable tales as “Cinderella” by Perrault, “Red shoes” in the version by Hans Christian Andersen, “the little match Girl” by Hans Christian Andersen, “Worn out shoes” by the brothers Grimm. In this article we will examine fairy tales “Cinderella” and “the Red shoes”, combined in an amazing way, through narrative motifs.
The motherless girl becomes a maid in the home of his stepmother and her daughters. To her, however, is her fairy godmother, glass Slippers gives and sends to the ball, with the condition that the latter will stop its dance until midnight. On the last day of the festivities Cinderella flees, losing her slipper, which the Prince finds her. All ends with a wedding.
Commonly, this tale is interpreted as a good perfectionist scenario achieving the objectives; how the plot of a good marriage, as the embodiment rewarded hard work and diligence.
Remaining a lonely orphan named Karen finds shelter with an old woman who throws away her old shoes, and instead of buying new. The old lady denies the girl the ability to show off the new shoes at Church, but she is cheating on her, and still wears them. She meets a soldier, who initiates the beginning of her endless dance in those red shoes that she can’t even remove. Can’t stop, girl loses life force and asks the executioner to chop off her legs. The rest of his life she spends a cripple in the service of others.
This tale is much more dangerous and less popular than the previous one, but her character looks antiheroine story of Cinderella, as if passing the same test, but different and wrong way. K. P. Estes, one of the few that treats this tale, assuming it was a warning from the dangerous pitfalls of the pseudo-saturation feral, starving women: opportunism, loss of a sense of proportion, the inability to stop. And we agree with this vision of the meaning of this tale. At the same time, we found it interesting to find her a new meaning in comparison with the fairy – tale counterpart, “Cinderella”.
The poor girl is an orphan: the transition
Character of both stories is a girl, obviously the marriage or premarital age, girl. She was left without a mother or have lost both parents. Such an approach tells us about the stages of initiation, which metaphor will be shown in the story. It can be typical for traditional societies to social, marital initiation of girls, which consists in choosing a partner.
Intrapsychic considered in the key, it is the stage of development of maturity of Ego, its separation from the “parent entities” and the independent decisions and actions. It is in adolescence before modern man, whether boy or girl, be challenged to build confidence in the philosophical picture of the world; empowerment; proactive initiatives; formulation of distant life goals and assume responsibility for their actions. Moreover, the process of identity formation depends on the implementation of these tasks.
Coming to us at a more Mature age, this tale once again will remind of independent step, a new worldview formation and life goals.