Snow White: Then and Now

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Caroline Clark
Sociology of Religion
Final Essay
Snow White: Then and Now
Kids across the world have all admired the stories of Walt Disney. The multiple full-length featured films were conveniently put on VHS and DVD for the young ones to watch the stories whenever he or she pleases. Sounds great right? What people don’t realize is that there are more to these tales than what one sees at a glance. The majority of these movies have strong undertones and your children are watching these films over and over again. What are children really watching? To be more specific, the Disney 1937 flick Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is much more than a young girl singing to happy hygienic forest friends. There are multiple religious signs in the movie. Some are obvious, some are more hidden but all of them are being showed to the youth of the world.

One of the most obvious religious symbols in the movie is the apple. In the bible story “Adam and Eve”, Eve is tempted by a snake (which represents evil) to eat the apple and ultimately suffers from the decision. This is incredibly similar to Snow White’s story. Innocent and defenseless Snow White is tempted by a source of evil to eat an apple. When she does, Snow White faces a grim result. Snow White’s misfortune however leads to rebirth. One more apparent comparison of the story of Snow White and religion is the number seven. Yes, in the movie there are seven dwarfs. However, they also live over seven mountains. In the Book of Revelations there are seven mountains as well. The prime number is duly noted religiously. Also, all of the seven deadly sins are revealed in Snow White. Although these religious symbols are the first to come to people’s attention, other ones aren’t.

In many ways, Snow White can be seen as a Christ-like figure. She represents innocence and purity. This also shows a nice contrast between Snow White and the Evil Queen. The movie flaunts close ups of the Queen’s eyes, this gives off a...
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