Essay on Disney 's Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs

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Fairy tales are often critically evaluated as having complex socio-political commentaries. Two such tales that have strong socio-political commentaries are Snow White and Cinderella. Variants in different versions of fairy tales help shape a specific commentary. One striking example of this is seen by contrasting Disney’s 1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs with 1979 film Cinderella by Soyuzmultfilm. These two specific pieces have polar socio-political commentaries. Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a criticism in many ways of the danger that communism can pose through using variants such as the jealousy of a mother towards someone who can overthrow her power due to her superior physical beauty. Likewise, Cinderella by Soyuzmultfilm is modified to specifically criticize the implications and adverse side effects that a capitalist and free economy has on people, such as wealth inequality which is highlighted by exemplifying the fact that Cinderella has immense talent for things like tailoring dresses as well as physical beauty, yet she is still suppressed for being the “stepsister”. Disney’s 1937 film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is one of the most acclaimed films to come out of the Disney Canon. However, Disney makes significant changes to the film in regards to both the presentation and presentation of various characters. These variant changes introduce an underlying political theme throughout the film. A political theme that is essentially a criticism of…

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