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Cinderella is the heroine of a tale by the French fabulist Charles Perrault, but her story has become the exemplary form of one of the most widespread folktales, in which the heroine overcomes neglect by her father and abuse from her stepmother and stepsisters to attain the height of good fortune.

Aschenbrödel, the heroine of a tale of the Cinderella type, visited by the pigeons or doves who come to help her in her tasks.
Aschenbrödel (Cinderella)

Various forms of the tale[edit]

Related tales in other languages[edit]



Modern prose retellings[edit]