We all know the step-sister from सिंडरेला 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 द्वारा Cinderella, there was nothing to दिखाना 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 ऐनस्टेशिया 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 द्वारा 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 और sympathetic, referred to her as Cinderella. That is where the idea of making one of the step-sisters redeem herself. But I know the सवाल is, why ऐनस्टेशिया and not Drizella? What makes ऐनस्टेशिया 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 ऐनस्टेशिया is just as horrible as Drizella. However, if आप pay enough attention, you'll see that Drizella is a lot worse than Anastasia. One instance is that when ऐनस्टेशिया 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 ऐनस्टेशिया was struggling to get her finger free when she moves away from the flute, but she grabs the flute from ऐनस्टेशिया and hits her on the head with it, calls her clumsy, and claims that she did it on purpose. ऐनस्टेशिया in turn retaliates द्वारा hitting Drizella on the head with her flute and says "You always think it's my fault," her mother interrupts them arguing and ऐनस्टेशिया says that it's Drizella's fault. It's likely that anytime ऐनस्टेशिया does something clumsy या द्वारा accident that Drizella taunts and abuses her. It's likely that when ऐनस्टेशिया is abusing सिंडरेला it's just her taking out her frustration of being abused द्वारा her sister (to which her mother does not punish Drizella for) out on Cinderella. I'm not saying that this gives ऐनस्टेशिया a good excuse to abuse सिंडरेला 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 ऐनस्टेशिया just follows to keep her mother's approval (who has raised her daughters to believe that सिंडरेला is beneath them) and avoid taunting from Drizella. Drizella is the one who taunts the idea of सिंडरेला going to the ball first and is the first one to destroy Cinderella's dress, ऐनस्टेशिया merely followed, likely to avoid the disapproval of her mother and the taunting of her sister. Drizella is the और aggressive one who always starts the fights with ऐनस्टेशिया and is the one who starts the taunting of Cinderella. Such as when ऐनस्टेशिया accidentally steps on Drizella's dress and Drizella just pulls her dress, causing ऐनस्टेशिया to trip and almost fall face down on the ground, humiliating her in front of the prince. Another instance is how ऐनस्टेशिया is going over to the mirror to get ready for the Grand Duke but Drizella rudely just kicks ऐनस्टेशिया out of the way. आप also can see in that exact scene that ऐनस्टेशिया is nervous about the whole thing, likely because it's her chance to find प्यार 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 ऐनस्टेशिया out of her way to look in the mirror and get ready. Plus if आप notice in the scene where Lady Tremaine tells her daughters about the glass slipper and they start getting ready but they notice सिंडरेला looks strange. ऐनस्टेशिया simple उत्तरों "What's the matter with her?" where as Drizella says "WAKE UP STUPID!" दिखा रहा है that Drizella is definitely MUCH और aggressive and cruel than ऐनस्टेशिया was. I will admit that for a LONG time I couldn't figure out why ऐनस्टेशिया reformed but Drizella didn't. But when I think about it, ऐनस्टेशिया was the softer and less aggressive one, so therefore she was the logical choice.


Cinderella 2: Dreams Come True
Now we get to ऐनस्टेशिया actually redeeming herself, at least in this alternate universe, since the sequels don't exactly have continuity with each other. We see that ऐनस्टेशिया is longing for romance and Drizella is अभिनय abusive towards ऐनस्टेशिया once again द्वारा 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 प्यार them, though whether या not she loves them is debatable.

We also get to see ऐनस्टेशिया fall in प्यार with the local Baker but her mother forbids it because she thinks the Baker is beneath her, unfortunately ऐनस्टेशिया is too afraid to go against her mother. I think this supports my theory that ऐनस्टेशिया did what she did in the original to keep her mother's approval because I think she fears her mother. ऐनस्टेशिया is quite timid and of course wants her mother's love, not knowing that her mother is too unfeeling to प्यार anyone. ऐनस्टेशिया seems to not know what real प्यार या 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 प्यार 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 सिंडरेला 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 कहा they made her head shaped और 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 और 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 फूल to a pretty young girl (who is actually just a friend). She feels like a fool for thinking that anyone would प्यार her because she's ugly and completely unloveable. She's never had real प्यार 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 प्यार 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 दिल 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 ऐनस्टेशिया 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 और beautiful on the inside, which is conventional.



It's in this movie was we start to see some similarities between सिंडरेला 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 ऐनस्टेशिया away from her happiness), both have an abusive sister, their dresses are ruined and they run off crying, ऐनस्टेशिया receives help in gaining confidence and obtaining a और attractive appearance from सिंडरेला (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 ऐनस्टेशिया when she thinks the Baker is giving फूल to a pretty young girl but is actually just a friend), and thanks to प्यार and courage their dreams come true in the end. But they also grow a strong bond with each other because of Cinderella's kindness. सिंडरेला is a very big person to forgive ऐनस्टेशिया like that and even try to help her. I think she sees some of herself in ऐनस्टेशिया 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 सिंडरेला sequels don't have continuity with each other. But either way, both sequels have a thing about making ऐनस्टेशिया complex, sympathetic, and redeemable. We see that ऐनस्टेशिया and Drizella are both forced to become servants to their mother, who won't get off her lazy नितंब, गधा to do anything. ऐनस्टेशिया is still being abused द्वारा Drizella, who attacks ऐनस्टेशिया just because she put some dishes in the sink. Along with that, suggests that her and Lady Tremaine beat ऐनस्टेशिया with a stick, starts a खाना fight at the palace, constantly insults Anastasia, and even suggests to their mother to turn ऐनस्टेशिया into a toad. And people wonder why Drizella was never redeemed? I sure as hell don't anymore!

We see that ऐनस्टेशिया still wants प्यार 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 द्वारा being treated like her, not only द्वारा her own mother, but also द्वारा her sister who is a servant just like her. So she's walked a साल 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 ऐनस्टेशिया has never had real प्यार 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 तारीख, दिनांक 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 सिंडरेला when she was politely telling her good morning. She unfortunately mistakes kindness for true love. Charming does like ऐनस्टेशिया but I think it was और of as a friend and not true प्यार like he felt for Cinderella.

This also brings up an actually very peculiar but also very unique, interesting, and heartwarming relationship between ऐनस्टेशिया and the King. There's a relationship आप never thought you'd see या 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. ऐनस्टेशिया is once again afraid of having to gain someones approval but it turns out that the King loves that ऐनस्टेशिया 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 समुद्र तट the दिन 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 ऐनस्टेशिया realize what true प्यार really is and even treated her like his own daughter.

Lastly, her redemption. When Charming brings back Cinderella, Lady Tremaine turns ऐनस्टेशिया into Cinderella. So ऐनस्टेशिया 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 या 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 सिंडरेला and Charming द्वारा 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 सिंडरेला is. She's और of who we should be rather than a relatable person. It's very big of her to forgive ऐनस्टेशिया 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 या not they want forgiveness या not, because you'll feel SO MUCH better and you'll be the bigger person. सिंडरेला shows this message perfectly and ऐनस्टेशिया 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 आप know, I'm not going to talk about the ऐनस्टेशिया Tremaine from the live-action सिंडरेला because there is no complexity या layers to her. This ऐनस्टेशिया Tremaine (played द्वारा 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 क्वीन and it wasn't until one of the last five episodes that they revealed her to be ऐनस्टेशिया Tremaine द्वारा 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 सिंडरेला sequels. What's odd is that in the original TV series, सिंडरेला actually wasn't one of the main characters and has only appeared in a handful of episodes in all four seasons but ऐनस्टेशिया is one of the main characters in the spin-off.

Lady Tremaine continues to cause a lot of emotional problems for ऐनस्टेशिया द्वारा criticizing her for being with the one she loves, saying she knew she wasn't क्वीन या 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 ऐनस्टेशिया will come crawling back to her) she comes back to bring a bucket because she'll only be welcomed back द्वारा being a servant cleaning her chamber pot. This caused ऐनस्टेशिया to make bad choices in Wonderland, such as leaving her true प्यार for the Red King and not going back to her प्यार before the wedding (like she intended to after having सेकंड 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 दिखाना as one of the two antagonists, the other being Jafar (played द्वारा Naveen Andrews), who are trying to get Alice (played द्वारा Sophie Lowe) to make all three of her wishes from her true love/genie, Cyrus (played द्वारा 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, आप can't make someone प्यार you, and आप can't change the past) but they can't do that until Alice as made all three of her wishes. ऐनस्टेशिया wants to change the laws because she wants to change the past and stop herself from ever leaving her true प्यार Will Scarlet/The Knave of Hears (played द्वारा 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 हीरोस side. At the end of the दिखाना she goes from the Red क्वीन to the White Queen, with her White King, Will, द्वारा her side ruling Wonderland in peace and harmony.



Overall
ऐनस्टेशिया is an amazing, complex, sympathetic, developed, and tragically underrated character. She's one of my प्रिय fictional characters and one of my प्रिय डिज़्नी characters. I actually प्यार her और than all of the डिज़्नी Princesses, except Ariel, of course. I hope I have helped people see that there is और to ऐनस्टेशिया than they think and that her reforming isn't completely out of no where. Please टिप्पणी दे and let me know what आप think.