English 4- 101
Poison Apples and Glass Slippers
Over time, Walt Disney films have captured the hearts of millions of people. In particular, women, ranging from toddlers to grandmothers, love and admire the captivating tales of the Disney Princesses. Cinderella and Snow White are two magnificent tales of princesses and the trials and tribulations each young lady is put through. Though these stories differ in some ways, such as conflict and plot, one can see that both stories show how important friendship is to overcoming obstacles and finding true love.
“Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” In the enchanting tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, vanity is the true villain. In the village where Snow White lives, the evil queen is also her step mother. The queen is so vain, that she feels the need to make Snow White dress in rags in order to keep the young girl from surpassing her in beauty. The queen relies on the magic mirror to tell truth of who the fairest lady in the land is. One morning after asking the mirror the consecutive question of beauty, the mirror responds, saying that a girl with the blackest hair and skin of snow is now the fairest lady in the land. The queen, enraged with jealousy, concludes that she must kill the beautiful Snow White in order to exceed her remarkable beauty.
Snow White has a unique and wide variety of friends that help her through her trials and tribulations. Friendship is very important for Snow White’s survival. The first person that shows Snow White a form of friendship is the kinsman. He is ordered to kill the young princess and bring the evil queen back her heart. Upon doing this task, the kinsman begins weeping and tells Snow White of the evil queen’s plan. He also tells Snow White that she needs to leave the village as soon as possible in order to live. Later, the man brings the queen back a heart of a pig in order to protect Snow White.