Summary: After the death of her mother and father, Adelita is badly mistreated
by her stepmother and stepsisters until she finds her own true love at a grand fiesta (Verso 2002).
Type: Realistic/Wonder - because it could happen to someone and
it ends with the character saying "we shall live happily ever-after."
Characters: These characters are rounded, but one-dimensional giving the look
of almost "real" characters. The main character is Adelita, followed by care-taker Esperanza, Senor Javier, step-mother
Dona Micaela, and the step-sisters, Dulce and Valentina. The step-mother and step-sisters follow the traditional
Cinderella by having cold and mean personalities. Adelita is warm and caring, as is Javier and Esperanza.
Setting: The story takes place in a village in Mexico, a long time ago. This
information is given quickly in the first paragraph of the story. Even though it does not give a date, this story is
so realistic, it could have happened during today's times.
Plot: The storyline generally follows the traditional Cinderella where the mother
dies at birth and soon after the father. Adelita is left with a wicked step-mother and two evil step-sisters.
The one major difference is in the "magic" of the fairy god-mother - there isn't one. Instead of the magical fairy god-mother,
there is a little old care-taker named Esperanza that shows Adelita where her mom's dress is so she can wear it to the fiesta
and then takes her in her cart. There are no magical elements like a pumpkin turning into a carriage. In fact,
Adelita makes a reference at the fiesta of being in disguise and calls herself "Cenicienta - or Cinderella" and in the end,
Javier says "and just like Cenicienta and her Principe - Prince - we shall live...happily ever after-too!" These references
makes this story seem more believable.
Theme: The major theme I got out of this "Cinderella" story is the same as for most
Cinderella's: Good always prevails over evil.