Essay on An Examination of the Fairy Tale in Literature
Gregory Maguire is probably most famous right for his fantastic re-telling of the fabled Wizard of Oz history from the Wicked Witch of the West’s point of view that he aptly titled Wicked. What many people don’t know is that he has undertaken the re-elaborating of a few other timeless tales, one such tale being that of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. While Wicked is a grand re-mastering of a story within the original’s own time and place, Maguire’s novel Mirror, Mirror takes the tale out of a land “far, far away” and places in a historically recognizable time period. This time is 1502, and this place is Italy. While the majority of the characters remain fictional, a pivotal two are assigned to major historical personifications of evil, Cesare and Lucrezia Borgia.
The family itself was notorious for its hedonistic life-style, but Lucrezia was infamous on her own for her affinity for poisoning people to gain rank and status in society. This is appropriate considering that Maguire places her in the shoes of the evil stepmother. Though