We all know the step-sister from 신데렐라 that ends up reforming in the sequels. However, many people seem to have criticisms about her because they feel that she shouldn't have been forgiven 의해 Cinderella, there was nothing to show that she deserved to be redeemed, and that it's ridiculous that she got to be redeemed but Drizella didn't. First of all, I think I need to explain where this idea of 아나스타샤 reforming came from. In the original Charles Perrault version of Cinderella, Cinderella's real name was actually Ella. When she became a servant she would sleep 의해 the fireplace to keep warm and would have ash cover her. Her step-mother and one of her step-sisters called her Cinder-Slut but the younger step-sister, who was not as spiteful and was slightly 더 많이 sympathetic, referred to her as Cinderella. That is where the idea of making one of the step-sisters redeem herself. But I know the 질문 is, why 아나스타샤 and not Drizella? What makes 아나스타샤 so special? Well, let's take a look at the original film for that answer.

Cinderella (1950)
At first look at the movie, especially since people don't pay enough attention to is, it appears that 아나스타샤 is just as horrible as Drizella. However, if 당신 pay enough attention, you'll see that Drizella is a lot worse than Anastasia. One instance is that when 아나스타샤 is playing the flute and gets her finger stuck in one of the holes, she ends up accidentally hitting her sister with the flute below the neck. Drizella clearly sees that 아나스타샤 was struggling to get her finger free when she moves away from the flute, but she grabs the flute from 아나스타샤 and hits her on the head with it, calls her clumsy, and claims that she did it on purpose. 아나스타샤 in turn retaliates 의해 hitting Drizella on the head with her flute and says "You always think it's my fault," her mother interrupts them arguing and 아나스타샤 says that it's Drizella's fault. It's likely that anytime 아나스타샤 does something clumsy 또는 의해 accident that Drizella taunts and abuses her. It's likely that when 아나스타샤 is abusing 신데렐라 it's just her taking out her frustration of being abused 의해 her sister (to which her mother does not punish Drizella for) out on Cinderella. I'm not saying that this gives 아나스타샤 a good excuse to abuse 신데렐라 because two wrongs don't make a right but I do understand it from a psychological sense. Also whenever their making fun of Cinderella, it's always Drizella who starts it and 아나스타샤 just follows to keep her mother's approval (who has raised her daughters to believe that 신데렐라 is beneath them) and avoid taunting from Drizella. Drizella is the one who taunts the idea of 신데렐라 going to the ball first and is the first one to destroy Cinderella's dress, 아나스타샤 merely followed, likely to avoid the disapproval of her mother and the taunting of her sister. Drizella is the 더 많이 aggressive one who always starts the fights with 아나스타샤 and is the one who starts the taunting of Cinderella. Such as when 아나스타샤 accidentally steps on Drizella's dress and Drizella just pulls her dress, causing 아나스타샤 to trip and almost fall face down on the ground, humiliating her in front of the prince. Another instance is how 아나스타샤 is going over to the mirror to get ready for the Grand Duke but Drizella rudely just kicks 아나스타샤 out of the way. 당신 also can see in that exact scene that 아나스타샤 is nervous about the whole thing, likely because it's her chance to find 사랑 and marry the prince, where as Drizella isn't nervous at all but instead sees it as a way to improve her status, causing her to aggressively push 아나스타샤 out of her way to look in the mirror and get ready. Plus if 당신 notice in the scene where Lady Tremaine tells her daughters about the glass slipper and they start getting ready but they notice 신데렐라 looks strange. 아나스타샤 simple replies "What's the matter with her?" where as Drizella says "WAKE UP STUPID!" Showing that Drizella is definitely MUCH 더 많이 aggressive and cruel than 아나스타샤 was. I will admit that for a LONG time I couldn't figure out why 아나스타샤 reformed but Drizella didn't. But when I think about it, 아나스타샤 was the softer and less aggressive one, so therefore she was the logical choice.


Cinderella 2: Dreams Come True
Now we get to 아나스타샤 actually redeeming herself, at least in this alternate universe, since the sequels don't exactly have continuity with each other. We see that 아나스타샤 is longing for romance and Drizella is 연기 abusive towards 아나스타샤 once again 의해 pushing her out of the way so she can use her mirror and ruining Anastasia's ribbon. Her mother again is trying to get her daughter's married off and plans on using Cinderella's ball as an opportunity. She sees both of her daughters as ways to improve her social class and likely doesn't even 사랑 them, though whether 또는 not she loves them is debatable.

We also get to see 아나스타샤 fall in 사랑 with the local Baker but her mother forbids it because she thinks the Baker is beneath her, unfortunately 아나스타샤 is too afraid to go against her mother. I think this supports my theory that 아나스타샤 did what she did in the original to keep her mother's approval because I think she fears her mother. 아나스타샤 is quite timid and of course wants her mother's love, not knowing that her mother is too unfeeling to 사랑 anyone. 아나스타샤 seems to not know what real 사랑 또는 happiness is. She can't even do a real smile because she's never had a real reason to genuinely smile. Her mother always taught her to be fake and plastic. A scene that I 사랑 that shows her genuinely smiling is when she gives a shy little girl a flower. When she's finally being kind and experiencing real love, she's finally happy and is able to let the true beauty inside of her out.

Speaking of beauty, I think I should talk about hers. Another reason I think she abused 신데렐라 was because she was jealous of her drop dead gorgeous looks. In the original she was portrayed as ugly but in the sequels she's only portrayed as plain compared to Cinderella. The creators said they made her head shaped 더 많이 appealing looking and made her smile beautiful. Unfortunately, she's not a conventionally beautiful young woman. She even says in this movie that she needs 더 많이 than just a little help because she's so clumsy and plain. She has her make-over and is feeling beautiful for once in her life, almost like she was a princess and Cinderella. However, she loses her hope when she thinks she sees the Baker giving 꽃 to a pretty young girl (who is actually just a friend). She feels like a fool for thinking that anyone would 사랑 her because she's ugly and completely unloveable. She's never had real 사랑 in her life, not even from her own family (though we don't know much about her father), and for once she thought someone could 사랑 her but her hopes were ruined. She even says to the Baker when he finds her "Don't look at me! I look horrible!"

It's very true that neither one of them is conventionally attractive, so it's obvious that it wasn't their looks that they fell for. They could see what was inside the other. She saw a sweet, kind, caring, and romantic man who even fought a goat just to save one flower. He saw a woman who deep down had a good 심장 and just needed someone to help her see the beauty that's inside. He couldn't care less what she looked like and loved her for who she was, knowing this caused 아나스타샤 to finally stand up to her mother, something she had never done before. Plus, I think she's beautiful in an unconventional way but she's even 더 많이 beautiful on the inside, which is conventional.



It's in this movie was we start to see some similarities between 신데렐라 and Anastasia. They both have dreams of happiness but are kept from it because of Lady Tremaine's prejudice (against Cinderella, which keeps her from Charming, and against the Baker, which keeps 아나스타샤 away from her happiness), both have an abusive sister, their dresses are ruined and they run off crying, 아나스타샤 receives help in gaining confidence and obtaining a 더 많이 attractive appearance from 신데렐라 (much like she did from her Fairy Godmother), both think they will have their happily ever after but their dreams are shattered and cry (Cinderella when she's locked in her room and 아나스타샤 when she thinks the Baker is giving 꽃 to a pretty young girl but is actually just a friend), and thanks to 사랑 and courage their dreams come true in the end. But they also grow a strong bond with each other because of Cinderella's kindness. 신데렐라 is a very big person to forgive 아나스타샤 like that and even try to help her. I think she sees some of herself in 아나스타샤 and is grateful for the help she received, so she wants to help others, even Anastasia.



Cinderella 3: A Twist In Time
Once again, alternate universe, since the 신데렐라 sequels don't have continuity with each other. But either way, both sequels have a thing about making 아나스타샤 complex, sympathetic, and redeemable. We see that 아나스타샤 and Drizella are both forced to become servants to their mother, who won't get off her lazy 나귀, 엉덩이 to do anything. 아나스타샤 is still being abused 의해 Drizella, who attacks 아나스타샤 just because she put some dishes in the sink. Along with that, suggests that her and Lady Tremaine beat 아나스타샤 with a stick, starts a 음식 fight at the palace, constantly insults Anastasia, and even suggests to their mother to turn 아나스타샤 into a toad. And people wonder why Drizella was never redeemed? I sure as hell don't anymore!

We see that 아나스타샤 still wants 사랑 and even looks enviously at Charming and Cinderella. She steals Fairy Godmother's wand and accidentally turns her to stone, which she instantly regrets. She now gets a chance to be with the Prince but is also conflicted because she's taking away Cinderella's happy ending. She's been in Cinderella's shoes 의해 being treated like her, not only 의해 her own mother, but also 의해 her sister who is a servant just like her. So she's walked a 년 in Cinderella's shoes, though now she's walking to the palace in one of her glass slippers.

This movie also adds to the theory that 아나스타샤 has never had real 사랑 in her life. When she keeps messing up when she's dancing with Charming, she seems afraid of what he'll say to her and keeps making excuses. When he's assuring her that it's alright and claims that he's probably just not up to 날짜 on the latest dance steps. He showed her kindness and it actually confused her at first because she's never known genuine kindness, which is probably another reason why she was rude to 신데렐라 when she was politely telling her good morning. She unfortunately mistakes kindness for true love. Charming does like 아나스타샤 but I think it was 더 많이 of as a friend and not true 사랑 like he felt for Cinderella.

This also brings up an actually very peculiar but also very unique, interesting, and heartwarming relationship between 아나스타샤 and the King. There's a relationship 당신 never thought you'd see 또는 even think about. It reminds me of Toph and Iroh from Avatar: The Last Airbender, it's an odd relationship choice but it actually really works. 아나스타샤 is once again afraid of having to gain someones approval but it turns out that the King loves that 아나스타샤 is a horrible dancer. Why? Because it reminds him of his late wife, she used to step on his feet when they danced too, but he loved her anyway because she took very good care of his heart. He even gives her the Queen's most prized possession, a seashell that they found while walking along the 바닷가, 비치 the 일 they met. Their hands both touched it at the same time and when their hands touched they knew they had found true love. He helped 아나스타샤 realize what true 사랑 really is and even treated her like his own daughter.

Lastly, her redemption. When Charming brings back Cinderella, Lady Tremaine turns 아나스타샤 into Cinderella. So 아나스타샤 is about to have everything she thought she ever wanted: riches, a prince, power, jewels, her mother's approval, and now is even drop dead gorgeous. She has everything she thought she ever wanted but she's not happy because she's not herself and she wants someone who loves her for who she is, not as someone else. She's not even sure if she'll be happy 또는 if she even loves Charming. It's not until she touches his hand and realizes she doesn't, causing her to say "I..... don't..." at the wedding. She reunites 신데렐라 and Charming 의해 putting their hands together. She even turns herself back into her true form, saying goodbye to the conventionally beauty she had been jealous of since she was a little girl. She in the end earns Cinderella's forgiveness because that's the kind of person 신데렐라 is. She's 더 많이 of who we should be rather than a relatable person. It's very big of her to forgive 아나스타샤 because a lot of people wouldn't. It's not good to hold a grudge and we should learn to forgive those who have caused us pain, whether 또는 not they want forgiveness 또는 not, because you'll feel SO MUCH better and you'll be the bigger person. 신데렐라 shows this message perfectly and 아나스타샤 feels bad for what she's done but doesn't ask for forgiveness because she knows she doesn't deserve it. That's made clear with how she offers the King back the Queen's seashell because she says she doesn't deserve it. But she's shown to deserve forgiveness because "everyone deserves true love."



Once Upon A Time In Wonderland
Just so 당신 know, I'm not going to talk about the 아나스타샤 Tremaine from the live-action 신데렐라 because there is no complexity 또는 layers to her. This 아나스타샤 Tremaine (played 의해 Emma Rigby), I will talk about. She's the only reason I watched this inferior spin-off, though at the time she was just the Red 퀸 and it wasn't until one of the last five episodes that they revealed her to be 아나스타샤 Tremaine 의해 bringing up that she thought that if the prince had chosen her instead of her step-sister that her mother would of loved her. Coincidence? I THINK NOT! I think it's awesome that they're portraying her as sympathetic and complex even outside of the 신데렐라 sequels. What's odd is that in the original TV series, 신데렐라 actually wasn't one of the main characters and has only appeared in a handful of episodes in all four seasons but 아나스타샤 is one of the main characters in the spin-off.

Lady Tremaine continues to cause a lot of emotional problems for 아나스타샤 의해 criticizing her for being with the one she loves, saying she knew she wasn't 퀸 또는 princess material but that she should have at least landed a nobleman, basically calls her a disgrace, disowns her, and says that when (since she believes that 아나스타샤 will come crawling back to her) she comes back to bring a bucket because she'll only be welcomed back 의해 being a servant cleaning her chamber pot. This caused 아나스타샤 to make bad choices in Wonderland, such as leaving her true 사랑 for the Red King and not going back to her 사랑 before the wedding (like she intended to after having 초 thoughts), because she felt that she had to prove herself, that she needed someones approval, and feared that she would die a nobody that nobody cared about. She even uses that pain to help her learn magic and for once feels empowered.

She starts off in the show as one of the two antagonists, the other being Jafar (played 의해 Naveen Andrews), who are trying to get Alice (played 의해 Sophie Lowe) to make all three of her wishes from her true love/genie, Cyrus (played 의해 Peter Gadiot). The reason for this is because they need three certain genie lamps in order to change the laws of magic (you can't bring back the dead, 당신 can't make someone 사랑 you, and 당신 can't change the past) but they can't do that until Alice as made all three of her wishes. 아나스타샤 wants to change the laws because she wants to change the past and stop herself from ever leaving her true 사랑 Will Scarlet/The Knave of Hears (played 의해 Michael Socha), who is the Once Upon A Time counterpart of The Baker and was actually Alice's traveling companion. She reforms and joins the 히어로즈 side. At the end of the show she goes from the Red 퀸 to the White Queen, with her White King, Will, 의해 her side ruling Wonderland in peace and harmony.



Overall
아나스타샤 is an amazing, complex, sympathetic, developed, and tragically underrated character. She's one of my 가장 좋아하는 fictional characters and one of my 가장 좋아하는 디즈니 characters. I actually 사랑 her 더 많이 than all of the 디즈니 Princesses, except Ariel, of course. I hope I have helped people see that there is 더 많이 to 아나스타샤 than they think and that her reforming isn't completely out of no where. Please 코멘트 and let me know what 당신 think.