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A Fairy Tale Romance

            As a child, Halloween was always my favorite holiday. It gave me the chance to dress up and be whatever I wanted to be, kind of live out my deepest dreams. From the ages of 4 to 7, I dressed up as the same thing: a princess. As little girls, we grew up to the stories of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and Beauty and the Beast. We based our dreams on these tales of love at first sight, being swept off our feet and falling for our Prince Charming on a white horse; we dreamed of our first kiss being the most memorable moment of our life; we dreamed of being so beautiful that when our prince looked at us, he couldn"t look away; we dreamed of being saved. But did we ever dream of love? As we began to grow older, we came to the realization that life is a lot different than any of these fairy tales, and we claim that we know things are much different in the real world. But do we? Sometimes, I think that these fairy tales have a bigger impact on our distorted view of love than we think. Is love what fairy tales are really all about, or are they just about being saved from our own reality? These are questions that can only be answered after careful analysis of said tales of "true love," and after putting them into a context outside of "happily ever after." When fairy tales are looked at through the glasses of a bitter, cynical love-obsessed teen, these stories can take a large twist. In this paper, I will attempt to expose the true meaning behind fairy tales such as Cinderella: all the secret meanings and misconceptions that have been misread by children and adults alike all over the world. And so, without further ado, I give you my version of the Disney classic, Cinderella.
             Happily Ever After.
             Once upon a time, there lived a young girl named Cinderella, who loved her father very much. But after her mother died, her father remarried a horrid woman who only married Cinderella's father for his money.

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