21 November 2013
Literary Analysis of “Snow White and The Seven Dwarves” In her collection Transformations, Anne Sexton rewrites the classic Grimm’s fairytales. In her version of “Snow White and The Seven Dwarves”, Sexton insinuates that women are often judged by their beauty as if it classifies a woman as a “dumb bunny”. Sexton displays Snow White in a vulnerable and unintelligent way as she continuously makes the same mistake over and over, as she lets her stepmother in the house. Each time, her Stepmother proceeds to ambush her due to the jealousy she has for Snow White. The mirror prompts the jealousy between the evil Stepmother and Snow White. Snow White happens to be saved many times as a result of her astounding looks and purity making her more desirable by others, which develops into her most important traits as a princess. In the poem, Snow White’s Stepmother sends out her hunter in hopes of bringing back Snow White’s heart; instead, the hunter is controlled by his emotions and abandons the plan. Sexton writes, “The hunter, however, let his prisoner go and brought a boar's heart back to the castle” (Sexton 2). Each time, a man ends up saving Snow White. Sexton portrays that women cannot accomplish anything without the help of a man. As children grow up, they are sometimes taught through fairytales like this that women are inferior to men. Princesses are constantly saved by their prince charming. Sexton exhibits an example of this by writing, “the prince's men carried the coffin they stumbled and dropped it and the chunk of apple flew out” (Sexton 3). She creates a thought that if it were not for prince charming, Snow White would still be on top of the mountain. Because the dwarfs wished to lay the coffin upon the hill so everyone could see Snow White, the Prince was able to acknowledge her presence and beauty. Once again, Sexton emphasizes that it is not Snow White’s intelligence or power that saves her,...
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