The most famous of the many Cinderella Fairy Tale versions was written by Charles Perrault in 1697. Disney's version was one of the most popular versions taken from this authors work.
Some of the characters from this version include:
Ella - The heroine of this fairytale.
Stepmother - the antagonist in this fairy tale.
The Prince - that she ends up Marrying.
The Two Step Sisters - that treat her very badly .
A Fairy Godmother - Dresses Cinderella and turns a pumpkin and some mice into a beautiful Chariot.
Glass Slipper - Not one of the Characters, but it plays a very important part in this Fairy Tale
This is from one of the versions from Charles Perrault.
Once there was a handsome man who's wife had died. They had a beautiful daughter named Ella. Ella was a girl of unparalleled goodness and sweet temper.
After some time passed the man married a proud and haughty woman for his second wife. She had two daughters, who were equally vain and selfish.
The Stepmother made Ella the maid, to do the cooking and all the housework. When the girl had done her work, she was made to sit in the cinder box by the fireplace. This caused her to almost always be covered with ashes and cinders. Because of this she was given the nick-name of "Cinderella". The poor girl bore it patiently, but dared not tell her father, who would have scolded her; for his wife controlled him entirely.
One day the Prince invited all the maidens in the land to a ball so he could choose a wife. As the two Stepsisters were invited, they gleefully planned their wardrobes. Ella assisted them, but they still taunted her by saying a maid could never attend a ball.
As the sisters left for the ball, Ella cried in sadness and despair. Her Fairy Godmother appeared and vowed to assist her in attending the ball. She turned a pumpkin into a coach, mice into horses, a rat in to a coachman, and lizards into footmen. She then turned her rags into a beautiful gown, complete with a delicate pair of glass slippers. The Godmother said for her to enjoy the ball, but she must return before midnight because the spells would be broken and everything would change back.
At the ball, the entire court was entranced by this woman, especially the Prince, who never left her side. She was unrecognized by her sisters as she danced with the Prince. She remembered she had to leave before midnight.
Ella was having such a good time that she stayed too long and left only at the final stroke of midnight. In her haste she lost a glass slipper on the steps of the palace. The Prince chased her, but the guards had seen only a country wench leave. The Prince pocketed the slipper and vowed to find and marry the maiden to whom it belonged.
Back home, She thanked her Godmother. She then greeted the Stepsisters who could talk of nothing but the beautiful girl at the ball.
The Prince tried the slipper on all the maidens in the land. The Stepsisters tried in vain. Though the Stepsisters taunted her, she asked if she may try. Naturally, the slipper fit perfectly, and she then put on the other slipper for good measure. The Stepsisters begged for forgiveness, and she forgave them for their cruelties.
Ella returned to the palace where she married the Prince, and the Stepsisters also married two lords.
In another of the Cinderella versions, the sisters are made to dance until their feet fall off. (The Folktale as Written)
Beauty is a treasure, but graciousness is priceless. Without it nothing is possible; with it, one can do anything.