Throughout the movie we can see influences that family members had on Ella’s life. The first two that we see are Ella’s parents. They speak kind words to her and encourage her to dream.
Then when her mom gets sick, Ella hears that she should two things to keep her heart open: Have courage and be kind. This theme is echoed throughout the movie as Ella grows up. One of the moments that I love is when Ella is waiting right outside the door of her mother’s room. While she’s waiting to hear the news, the camera zooms in on her feet, her little slippers halfway fallen off as she tilts her feet forward. It’s a sort of premonition in the movie that she is waiting in expectation. I’ll go into more detail about this later in the series!
Her stepsisters and stepmother bring an unexpected twist to the joy in her life. Once they start ruling the house, they mistreat her and make fun of her ideas and personality. During one section of the movie it mentions that Ella started to believe the ugly things they said about her. This will be continued tomorrow, but I’ll leave you with this: Words make a difference. Whether they be from other people close to you, or from you to others, words certainly can hurt.