13 March 2013
Snow White and Her Victims
Growing up reading fairy tales all our lives, there was always a protagonist, and an antagonist. The moral of these fairy tales were all the same. It was the war between the good and the evil. After reading Anne Sexton poem’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, which was one of the well-known Disney fairy tales, the story seemed to be a lot different than the original theme. Anne Sexton’s poem “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” was synchronized in such a manner; it brought different thoughts in the mind of the reader. The reader began to think, how it would be like, if Snow White was the witch? How it would be like, if Snow White is not as innocent as she portrayed herself? Anne Sexton’s poem “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs considered exactly opposite of the original story, which is that the queen is the innocent one and Snow White was the witch blessed with beauty. Anne Sexton in her poem used many different words and pattern for Snow White to imply her evil character. “Cheeks as fragile as cigarette paper” (Sexton 224) is the first comparison she used to describe Snow White. She interpreted “Cheeks as fragile as cigarette packet” (Sexton 224) on a different light, one in which Snow White is the evil counterpart. Anne Sexton used this line as an irony because, cigarettes are known to be harmful and it is the cigarette paper that holds the tobacco, which kills people very slowly. People get addicted to them, even though they know it is bad for them and it may be possible that men fell in love with Snow White’s beauty even though it was not in their best interest. Anne Sexton on the poem said,
“No matter what life you lead, the virgin is a lovely number” (Sexton 224) This indicated that no matter what life Snow White lead, whether it is good or it is bad being virgin was always attractive and an advantage she had, which misguided the reader, that she was...