Beauty is in the soul
A beautiful heart is better than a beautiful face. The phrase you hear all the time while you’re growing up, especially if you’re a girl. Audrey Hepburn said “The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a Woman is reflected in her soul.” That is the theme I see in both “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and “Cinderella”. In both poems the person that had a beautiful heart always prevailed. These two poems and this theme basically reiterate what people have been saying for years. Through the use of fairytales and satirical ideas, Sexton demonstrates that beauty is internal not physical.
Snow white is beautiful and the stepmother is also beautiful but her stepmother cannot bear someone to be more beautiful than she is “Suddenly, the mirror replied, Queen, you are full fair, ‘tis true, but Snow White is fairer than you…So she condemned Snow White to be hacked to death”. The queens Jealousy and narcissistic ways drive her to attempt to kill her stepdaughter. The queen attempts to kill her on several occasions, first asking the hunter to bring her Snow Whites heart so that she could eat it, showing how serious she was. The mirror told her that Snow White was still the prettiest, this time she came to the dwarf house and wrapped her up and left her there, the dwarfs saved her and the mirror told again. Even after the dwarfs warned her that the queen was trying to kill her Snow White still had the heart to open the door for her stepmother, this time she put scorpion in her hair. The dwarfs saved her and warned her again but Snow White still opened the door, the last time the queen fed her a poisonous apple. But because Snow White had a beautiful heart, when the prince carried the coffin they dropped it and the apple chunk flew out of her mouth and she lived. The queen had a horrible heart and in the end she dies a horrible death and Snow White ends up with the prince.
Just like in “Snow White”, In “Cinderella”,...
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