Why is Cinderella like the Titanic?
Cinderella is a fairy tale a child of five knows. Titanic is a blockbuster romance in which the ship sinks but love lasts. How can they be similar?
Cinderella is also a romance isn’t it? Poor girl meets rich boy? In the Titanic, the roles are reversed. Poor boy meets rich girl. Let that be our basis for exploring this concept.
Poor Jack is Cinderella in the Titanic. Rose is as inaccessible as the prince.
1. First we show the primary world: Cinderella at her duties at home, wretched and miserable; Jack with gambler friends. Both are shabby creatures, but we root for them.
2. Cinderella hears about the ball and the handsome prince through the invitation. I am calling this invitation the TICKET to the WORLD OF ADVENTURE.
Jack’s TICKET is the ticket he wins. He sees Rose from afar.
3. Enter FAIRY GODMOTHER. Cinderella, being a simple fairytale, keeps it simple. The Titanic, meant for an older audience, makes this a bit complex. Margaret "Molly" Brown is the FAIRY GODMOTHER, and helps Jack enter the UPPER WORLD OF ADVENTURE in proper costume where he can appear to be equal to the PRINCE, who is Rose. Jack’s tuxedo is the Fairy Godmother’s GIFT.
4. The TIME PRESSURE is the midnight warning in Cinderella and the sinking of the ship on the Titanic.
5. The PRIZEs are the glass slipper and the jewel, the Heart of the Ocean. Notice the reflective similarity? In Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone, it’s the stone.
Now I leave you to explore this further. If you hit upon any insights, please post it below for the benefit of all.
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