Legend Of Love

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Legend Of Love

Approximately 500 versions of the Cinderella story are in circulation, making

it one of the most famous tales in the world. The plot in this timeless

classic has been used as a model for writers for countless generations.

Whether in print or on film, Cinderella is an inspirational story. It allows

young girls to fantasize being swept off their feet by a sweet, handsome

prince, marry and "live happily ever after." For over hundreds of years the

story has been refined and reworked, whether as the French "Cendrillon" or as

the Brothers Grimm's "Cinderella." Though each tale is revised in different

ways, the plot remains a common ground between them. The most recent version

is, Ever After: A Cinderella Story, a film by Andy Tennant. This version has

a realistic element, which is told to "set the record straight." Like many

great love stories before, Ever After: A Cinderella Story, has plenty of

conflict between good and evil, right and wrong, and the charming versus the

wicked. These conflicts are portrayed through the correlation between each

character, and the relationship between the protagonists and the antagonists.

The Protagonists

Grand Dame

Grand Dame is the narrator who is setting the record straight. She is also


Great-Great-Granddaughter of Danielle/Cinderella. While the Brothers Grimm

has their version of the Cinderella story, the Grand Dame knows the truth.

She summons the

Brothers Grimm and explains her family's history as she knows it. As the

narrator, her character is a mediator, stepping in when the conflict is



When she was eight, Danielle's father unexpectedly died. Left with her new

stepmother, Rodmilla, Danielle is forced to be a servant to the household.

Her strongest link to her father is the book, Utopia that he gave her the

night before he died. An intriguing mix of tomboyish athleticism and physical

beauty, she has enough charm to capture the heart of a prince. This spirited

"Cinderella" is certainly no victim; against all odds, she stands up against

a forceful and scheming stepmother. While Danielle does own a gorgeous pair

of glass slippers, the words "magic pumpkin" are not in her vocabulary.

Prince Henry

Prince Henry has a secret. He doesn't want to be King of France. The prince

finds peace in running away from the castle to escape from his obligations,

including an arranged marriage to the princess of Spain. Prince Henry

doesn't recognize his potential until Danielle enters the picture and shows

him all the good that he can do. However, Rodmilla is out to interfere with

his future. He is your typical "Prince Charming," tall, dark and handsome.

Unfortunately, he is also a bit arrogant. Constantly whining, he refuses to

marry the princess of Spain, and challenges his father by refusing to accept

the crown. Upon meeting Danielle, he begins to realize his importance and

the changes he can make for his people. With her keen intelligence and

independence, Danielle,

definitely, is not waiting around for the prince to rescue her. In fact, she

often comes to his aid, offering him guidance, and saving the prince's life

by carrying him on her back.

Leonardo da Vinci

Cinderella's godmother is no magical little old lady, but a flesh and blood

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