At a young age we are taught, that beauty should only be skin deep, and that it shouldn’t be the only trait we value others for. In Disney’s full-length abated feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, we learn that true love’s kiss can triumph over the quest of vanity.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, was Disney’s first attempt of covering a faerytale where the princess is rescued by her prince. The Evil Queen is defeated and after the princess is saved by the handsome prince, they ride off together into the sun set living happily ever after.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Characters
Snow White is the protagonist of the story and is thirteen years old. She is naïve, kind-hearted, and charismatic to all she encounters. She befriends animals from the forest through song and always seems cheerful and optimistic.
Grimhilde or better known as The Evil Queen is the antagonist of the story and is a powerful sorceress. She is vain, short-tempered, and jealous using her magic to get her way wanting to dominate over others she finds inferior.
The seven dwarfs live in the woods while taking breaks from working in the mines in the mountains. Each dwarf has a distinct personality in which they are named after such as Sleepy, Dopey, Doc, Sneezy, Grumpy, Happy, and Bashful.
Snow White’s Story
One day, Snow White’s stepmother, The Evil Queen, asks her magic mirror to proclaim she is the fairest one of all the land, yet the mirror cannot agree with her. He replies that the maiden with lips as red as blood, hair as black as night, and skin as pale as snow is the fairest one within the kingdom.
In a fit of jealous rage, she calls for the huntsmen to bring back Snow White’s heart. The huntsman is charmed by the princess and tells her to flee taking shelter in the woods unaware that the house she finds is owned by seven dwarfs.
Despite being a Disney fan this film is one of my least favorites. It’s easy to see that The Evil Queen would go to extreme lengths to keep her vain perception amongst her kingdom’s citizens, yet despite her power she feels beauty is the most important trait a queen needs to have. With her power the queen could have made a better impact on her kingdom instead of chasing after narcissism.
I would give the film a seven out of ten rating, due to how stereotypical Snow White appears despite the time period in which the film was made in. I understand how naïve a thirteen-year-old can be, yet she accepts the idea of being a cook and maid to the dwarfs in exchange for letting her stay with them.