Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to Vox. The quintessential story of a woman using magical shoes to ascend the social ladder on the arm of her man is the tale of Cinderella.
One of the most famous Western renditions of the Cinderella story was penned by the Brothers Grimm in the s. In that version, Cinderella immediately has her beautiful clothes stripped away from her, replaced by dowdy apparel and wooden shoes, while suddenly being told to carry out ridiculous tasks for her step-family. For Cinderella, a change of footwear changed her life, twice: the first time for worse, and the second time for the absolute best, back to life of luxury and away from her awful family. Dorothy in her ruby slippers and her friends meet the Wizard.
Through many trials and tribulations, songs and skipping, Dorothy and her slippers finally make it to the wizard, who tells her that the way home had been on her feet the whole time. To be transported back to the farm, all Dorothy had to do was click the heels of the magical ruby slippers three times. The key is that both ladies get their happily ever after in the end, all thanks to their size 7s.
But shoes are not always such friendly side kicks. As anyone who has walked a day in new heels knows very well: some shoes make for a painful experience that can reduce even the toughest among us to tears. Magical shoes sometimes serve as cruel, patriarchal crucibles, making women perform gruesome tasks in order to atone for perceived sins. As Cristina Bacchilega, Associate Professor of English with the University of Hawaii at Manoa, tells Racked over email that shoes made of iron often signify "both persistence and self-sacrifice," again, "always a test the heroine must pass in order to access heterosexual bliss with the prince or king.
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Compatibility Requires iOS 7. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. This retelling of Hans Christian Anderson's classic fairytale is well done. It is the story of a girl who becomes obssessed with owning a pair of beautiful red dancing shoes with long silk ribbons. Her grandmother refuses to buy them, claiming they are not practical. Yet she thinks of nothing else and saves up all her money, until finally they are hers. However, the girl soon finds out the consequences of possessing the red shoes.
The ending of the story has changed from the originalwhich was This retelling of Hans Christian Anderson's classic fairytale is well done.
The ending of the story has changed from the originalwhich was the girl amputated her feet to get the shoes off. The ending of this version is more suitable for younger readers. The illustrations in the book are quite lovely and detailed, especially the facial expressions of the young girl and the suspicious old shoemaker.
I enjoyed it a lot. View 1 comment. Oct 18, Margaret Buettner rated it really liked it Shelves: children-s. The Red Shoes is an all time favorite of mine. The dramatic tale is based off of a famous ballet. A young girl is fascinated with a pair of red ballet shoes. She stares at them in the store window until she finally has the money to buy them. She puts them on to go to the ball. She dances beautifully the whole night. When the party is over, she is exhausted, but she can't stop dancing!
She also can't remove the shoes.
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At the end she is desperate, and the man who sold her the shoes turns her into The Red Shoes is an all time favorite of mine. At the end she is desperate, and the man who sold her the shoes turns her into a bird, and she flies away without the shoes. Upon returning to her grandmother she turns into a girl again.
This story is a great introduction to dance, as well as a cultural connection that can be shared. It also teaches a good lesson in appreciating what you have. Mar 22, Lauren Jean rated it did not like it. I don't know if I can properly articulate what made me dislike this fairytale so much. But I shall try. My main issue with it is that whilst the main character is vain, I don't believe she deserved such a disturbing punishment for getting caught up in red shoes.
Like, fine, wear proper footwear to church. But for her to be condemned for it seems a little harsh. Like, was that an angel of sensible footwear or??? I'm just saying. I would rather be vain than cruel. And that I don't know if I can properly articulate what made me dislike this fairytale so much. And that was a rather severe punishment for something I would consider foolish at best.
But to be fair, this was written a long time ago. So, I can't exactly expect it to be progressive. Can I? Jan 28, Sarah rated it liked it. I didn't like this as much as I thought I would! It seems to me there's a better story here than the one Andersen wrote. A ballet teacher or someone had said to her, "Oh, it was lovely, Gelsey. But, you know, you didn't make me weep.
I'd even say it lacked heart. But, I still give him credit for the idea. If we didn't have the fairy tal Hm. If we didn't have the fairy tale, we wouldn't have the Kate Bush song, and then where would we be?! Feb 07, Angela Randall marked it as to-read Shelves: free-ebook , ange-browse-not-owned-or-wished , 20th-century , , kids , myth-folklore-fable-religion , kids-picture-book , kids-educational-material , kids-3plus , kids-5plus.
Project Gutenberg has a free ebook and audiobook of a Hans Christian Andersen book with 18 fairy tales in it. These are the stories in the Project Gutenberg files: -- The emperor's new clothes -- The swineherd -- The real princess -- The shoes of fortune -- The fir tree -- The snow queen -- The leap-frog -- The elderbush -- The bell -- The old house -- The happy family -- The story of a mother -- The false collar -- Project Gutenberg has a free ebook and audiobook of a Hans Christian Andersen book with 18 fairy tales in it.
These are the stories in the Project Gutenberg files: -- The emperor's new clothes -- The swineherd -- The real princess -- The shoes of fortune -- The fir tree -- The snow queen -- The leap-frog -- The elderbush -- The bell -- The old house -- The happy family -- The story of a mother -- The false collar -- The shadow -- The little match girl -- The dream of little Tuk -- The naughty boy -- The red shoes.
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I adored this short story by Hans Christian Anderson. It was a cute short story with an amazing theme that kept me interested in the story. It was a great story and I am quite surprised it is not one of the more well known Hans Christian Anderson tales. I would love to see another adaption of this story! Four out of five stars! Creepy, although it starts out magically like most Anderson tales. Karen's entrance into the metaphysical realm is less clear, and the moralistic overtones of addiction equaling sin makes the story lose its charm. May 02, Dolly rated it really liked it Recommends it for: parents reading with their children.
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