There are many versions of the story of
In the story of Cinderella, we find a young woman who, through unfortunate circumstances (the deaths of both her parents), was left to live with a cruel stepmother and two stepsisters who hated her and treated her terribly. Yet Cinderella still finds joy in life and every day living. She goes about her duties and chores, probably many of them deplorable, in grace and poise, never complaining. She keeps a positive attitude and remains cheerful through it all.
I think it is for this reason, remaining so happy and cheerful through her circumstances, that her fairy godmother even comes. Do you think her fairy godmother would have come if she had lashed out at her wicked stepmother and stepsisters? Or if she spent every day during every chore griping and complaining about her situation? I doubt it.
We can learn that we need to live above our circumstances, live cheerfully despite whatever situation we are facing. I think that is a more powerful message than having her prince come and rescue her--that she lived so cheerfully and beautifully despite the wickedness that surrounded her.