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Power Point 20th Anniversary Cinderella


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A special treat on the 20th Anniversary of the release of PowerPoint. I'm sure you will all agree that this story has never been properly told - to full advantage - in this way ...

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Power Point 20th Anniversary Cinderella

  1. Cinderella by The Brothers Grimm (original author unknown) Cinderella
  2. Background & Exposition <ul><li>Indeterminate point of time </li></ul><ul><li>Patriarchal, monarchist society </li></ul><ul><li>Protagonist: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Female </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Young </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attractive </li></ul></ul><ul><li>As-yet unnamed (Cinderella) </li></ul><ul><li>C2DE Socio-economic stratum </li></ul>Background & Exposition
  3. Further Exposition <ul><li>Birth mother expires </li></ul><ul><li>Protagonist still pre-pubescent </li></ul><ul><li>Father remarries [Ref: Kubler-Ross grief curve completed?] </li></ul><ul><li>Step-Mother: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Physically attractive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vain [ref. Carly Simon, establish royalty costs] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fertile </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Two (2) further female offspring </li></ul>Further Exposition
  4. Tension Established Spectrum of Decency Sweet / Kind Loving Unselfish Generous Attractive Wicked Spiteful Self-centred Mean-spirited Unattractive Protagonist (Cinderella) Father ?? (Compromising management style, inconsistent, unreliable, remote.) Ref: Kubler-Ross grieving incomplete? Ugly Sister 2 Ugly Sister 1 Step-Mother Tension Established
  5. Protagonist Quality of Life <ul><li>Unreasonable demands </li></ul><ul><li>Father unassertive </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Protagonist - inherited passivity? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Step-Mother and Sisters (tactical anger) </li></ul><ul><li>Bullying tactic #1 … </li></ul><ul><li>Pejorative nickname – “Cinderella” </li></ul>Protagonist Quality of Life
  6. As time passed … Cinderella Quality of Life Cinderella Physical Attractiveness As time passed …
  7. The Twist <ul><li>Monarch’s Son </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Unnamed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Undescribed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Automatically eligible / desirable? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Grand Ball </li></ul><ul><li>Invitation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ All eligible girls” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Step-Sisters’ bullying tactic #2: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Exclusion / Isolation </li></ul></ul>The Twist
  8. Exclusion <ul><li>Step-Mother reinforces exclusion </li></ul><ul><li>Offers false hope: </li></ul><ul><li> Carrot – Ball / New dress </li></ul><ul><li> Stick – Daily chores must be completed </li></ul><ul><li>Bullying tactic #3: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Impossible deadlines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dramatic workload increase </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Father absent from all discussions (Ref: Metaphorical emasculation?) </li></ul>Exclusion
  9. Nadir <ul><li>Cinderella observes departing sisters </li></ul><ul><li>Flashback: [rippling dissolve PowerPoint effect?] </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Day of birth-mother’s death </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Young protagonist plants a tree </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Protagonist waters tree with tears shed due to bullying tactics #1 and #2 [Ref: Coastal tree species unaffected by high NaCl content of water?] </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cut back to Present Day: [appropriate PPT effect] </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cinderella hugs tree [Ref: Early ‘green’ reference?] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cinderella tells tree her woes </li></ul></ul>Nadir
  10. A New Hope … <ul><li>Wind in tree (Aural hallucination?) </li></ul><ul><li>“ You will get your wish.” </li></ul><ul><li>Dress and shoes hanging in the tree. [Ref: brand unspecified – opp. for possible product placement / sponsorship deal] </li></ul><ul><li>Benefactor remains undiscussed in text </li></ul>A New Hope …
  11. Benefactor Suspects Benefactor Suspects <ul><li>Dead Mother </li></ul><ul><li>Recent Manufacture of gifts X </li></ul><ul><li>Mother’s remains in coffin in ground X </li></ul><ul><li>Corporeal manifestation unlikely X </li></ul><ul><li>Why wait until now? X </li></ul><ul><li>Living Father </li></ul><ul><li>Recent Manufacture of gifts  </li></ul><ul><li>Frequent absences (shopping?)  </li></ul><ul><li>Ready access to garden  </li></ul><ul><li>Perfect moment  </li></ul>Dead Mother Living Father Ball Gown & Shoes (both of recent manufacture, plus high quality workmanship & design) Ball Gown & Shoes
  12. A New Hope … <ul><li>Cinderella ‘transforms’ [Ref: Extreme Makeover follow-on?] </li></ul><ul><li>Carriage waiting outside house - allusion to ‘magical’ benefactor [See Benefactor Suspects above] </li></ul><ul><li>Dramatic entrance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Noticed by eligible male monarchical offspring </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“Danced all night” [Ref: primitive cultures. Ref: vertical expression of horizontal desire] </li></ul><ul><li>Not recognised by family </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discuss: vanity = blindness? </li></ul></ul>A New Hope …
  13. Reality Bites <ul><li>Midnight </li></ul><ul><li>Rapid departure </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of 50% of shoes </li></ul><ul><li>Fade to black … (false ending) </li></ul>Reality Bites
  14. “The Very Next Day …” <ul><li>“ Eligible male monarchical offspring seeks mysterious dancing partner” </li></ul><ul><li>Methodology: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Travel to every home in Kingdom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assess shoe compatibility on every foot of every eligible female </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Discuss: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ In-breeding is not necessarily good breeding. Just because you’re a prince, doesn’t make you smart or efficient.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foot fetishism in the upper classes </li></ul></ul>“ The Very Next Day …”
  15. Noooooooo! <ul><li>Step-Sister #1 tries shoe on </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Foot too big </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discuss: vanity = bunions? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Step-Mother cuts toe off to ensure fit </li></ul><ul><li>Fools eligible male monarchical offspring </li></ul><ul><li>Heads for castle with Step-Sister #1 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Notices blood dripping from shoe [Ref: Eeeeew!] </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Returns to C2DE cottage dwelling </li></ul>Noooooooo!
  16. Noooooooo! 2 <ul><li>Step-Sister #2 tries shoe on </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Foot also too big </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discuss: vanity = bunions? (growing evidence) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Step-Mother cuts heel off to ensure fit </li></ul><ul><li>Eligible male monarchical offspring is fooled again [Ref: in-breeding discussion above] </li></ul><ul><li>Heads for castle with Step-Sister #2 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Notices blood dripping from shoe [Ref: Eeeeeeeeeeew!] </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Returns to C2DE dwelling once more </li></ul>Noooooooo! 2
  17. Denouement <ul><li>Eligible male monarchical offspring asks for other eligible females in the dwelling </li></ul><ul><li>Step-Mother reluctantly produces Cinderella </li></ul><ul><li>Eligible male monarchical offspring instantly recognises dancing partner from pervious evening [Ref: pheromones?] </li></ul><ul><li>Shoe fits Cinderella [Ref: Du-uh! Statistically, how many other girls in the goddamn Kingdom would have that size foot?] </li></ul>Denouement
  18. Resolution <ul><li>Cinderella [Ref: power of pejorative nicknames to stick throughout life. See also “Turdblossom”] and eligible male monarchical offspring wed </li></ul><ul><li>After ceremony, crows pick eyes from Step-Sisters [Ref: vanity causes blindness (growing evidence)] </li></ul><ul><li>Step-Sisters never again mean to “another living creature” [Ref: self-preservation? Ref: post-mortem bullying? Ref: nature vs nurture in the psychology of bullying] </li></ul><ul><li>Cinderella lives happily ever after </li></ul>Resolution
  19. THE END © Rowan Manahan THE END