Essay on Disney 's Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs

1699 Words Oct 24th, 2016 7 Pages
Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is an adaptation of the Brothers Grimm’s Sneewittchen, incorporating many of the same ideas, stories and characters. There are many aspects that are shared between the two, however the stories also differ in many ways. Breaking down fairy tale effect, elements of the stories that are kept and altered, as well as analyzing the characteristics of each story in depth in regards to traditional fairy tales will shed light on the newer adaptation, how it has changed and the roots of the ideas it portrays. There are many different structural theories that offer criteria to distinguish fairy tales from other types of stories, including Olricks Epic Laws (of Folk Narrative), Lüthi’s Elements, Propp’s Seven Character Types as well as Propp’s Thirty-One Dramatic Situations. These laws, rules and structures are evident in Grimm’s Sneewittchen but were also adapted in Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, creating a fairy tale effect that is passed on. First of all, the adaptation incorporates an introduction beginning with “Once upon a time”, following Olrick’s Law of Opening and Closing. In fact, in the Disney adaptation there are two completely different scenes emphasizing these portions. Olrick’s Law of Mythic Logic is another that is extremely evident in the adaptation, passed on from the Brothers Grimm version. Throughout the story, one of the main characters The Queen, repeatedly asks her mirror “Mirror Mirror on the wall, who is the…

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