You know what’s truly sickening about this particular scene? This dress (before the mice gave it a makeover) originally belonged to her deceased mother. Cinderella hardly has any personal possessions due to the greed of her stepmother and stepsisters. So, I assume that this dress meant quite a lot to her as a reminder of a simpler and happier time in her life. It symbolizes a fresh start and a chance at a better life for her. It must have been traumatizing to see her dreams just destroyed, literally ripped from her, torn to shreds. Not to mention, they verbally abuse her calling her a “thief” and a “kitchen wench”. In the end when Cinderella is standing alone in rags, it’s animated so beautifully because you can feel this weight and this sense of hopelessness. Cinderella’s a girl who even said herself that no one could take away her dreams. But in this scene, you can see she’s giving up.
That’s why it is so important that Cinderella gets her happily ever after. Her Fairy Godmother is a symbol of faith and perseverance in hard times. After all, “Even miracles take a little time.”
This is exactly what all of those stupid fucks who think Cinderella “whined” or “did nothing to get her happy ending” need to read.
Also, this was probably one of the few things she owned that was her mothers. They literally destroyed a part of Cinderella because this dress was her mothers. You could tell the dress meant the world to Cinderella when you first saw it and after the mice updated it. She had to watch her step sisters destroy the dress while degrading her in the process. The fact she went and cried afterwards does not show that she is “whining” or “did nothing.” It shows a woman who took years of abuse and finally let all the anger and sadness out. The stepsisters destroying her dress was the straw that broke the camels back.