Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the first animated film created by Walt Disney. Like most Disney films, this was based off the German fable Little Snow White. The fable tells the tale of the young princess and the fate of her evil stepmother, who shows how far a person will go for their own selfish desires.
Snow White’s Tale
While sewing on a snowy night, a young queen stares out an ebony window and pricks her finger her blood falling on the white snow. She soon has a daughter with skin as white as snow, blood red lips, and ebony black hair who was given the name Little Snow White. At the age of seven, she grew into her looks despite the young ae.
When her stepmother asks her looking glass who was the fairest Snow White was named instead of her. Enrage she hired a huntsman to take the child into the woods and return with Snow White’s liver and lung, yet the man told the child to flee to the woods returning with bear organs instead.
In Disney’s version, many facts are changed yet the core of the fable is transpired into the animated film. Snow White is still a young princess chased into the forest when the huntsman fails to kill her bringing back an animal’s heart instead of hers. The evil Queen asks her magic mirror who is the fairest of them all and each of the seven dwarfs has a name.
The princess is at the age of thirteen and is awoken by true love’s kiss. Even the Queen’s fate is changed in the film, yet what remains is her greed and envy of the young maiden. After being taken in by the dwarves that work in the mountains, Snow White is visited by a stranger who sells her string the first day, a comb the second and an apple as a gift on the third. Each was made to kill the little girl as the woman was the wicked queen in disguised yet each time the little men came to her aid.
Why Envy Rivals Beauty
It’s interesting to see that the core of the story for both the film and fable is the story of a woman that went insane with envy of another woman’s looks to the point where she sacrificed her own life hoping to succeed. I was horrified to see that the girl who becomes queen is nothing more then a child agreeing with Disney’s idea of making her a young teenager instead.
Snow White is a naïve child being lured out of the safety of the cottage by a shiny object despite knowing that she was warned to stay inside. A play on why children are warning not to talk to strangers. The fable of Snow White was a story that I lack enjoyment in because it reminded me of the tales of children being harmed by loved ones in the media.
I never saw the story as a happy ending because the entire story is focused on one’s image. Focusing on how beautiful a woman is and how the princess was the image of death. Yet one’s image are nothing more then illusions created by the mind making you wonder if the princess was real or merely an illusion brought on by the queen’s insanity for perfection.
Now, shush, I’m trying to read.