The Evil Queen In Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs

Improved Essays
Once upon a time, in a kingdom very far away, lived a young woman who wished to be known for more than her looks, her voice, and her clothing. Sound familiar? This sentence is usually the entire premise of a fairy tale. There is a young girl, an evil adversary, and a sidekick, or sidekicks. In Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Snow White is known as the “fairest of them all,” and an evil Queen wishes to kill her because of her looks. The Evil Queen asks her Magic Mirror who the fairest of them all is, and at first, the Magic Mirror lies to her, just to get the acceptance of the lady whom he is serving. However, he eventually tells her the truth: her scullery maid, Snow White, is far more beautiful than she, The Evil Queen, will ever be. This film does not only show that all young girls must cook and clean, it also tells its audience that young women are incapable of saving themselves, just like the only way Snow White was able to be saved was by “love’s first kiss:” a kiss from a young prince. The Queen is royalty in the film. In the 1500s, royalty wore the color purple. And, no matter the gender, he or she wore a cape. …show more content…
Down at the bottom is Snow White, the maid, with the seven dwarves. The Queen treats anyone who appears to be below her like trash, and Snow White treats everyone equally, showing the audience that no matter whom you are, there is always room for helping and caring. The kingdom in the film seems secure, showing that the Evil Queen’s economy is doing well, and the people in the kingdom are obeying her orders. There does not appear to be any god or gods within this film, although there is magic, showing that there is some higher force above the Queen. Both the Queen and Snow White seem to have an education, although the queen is more educated then Snow White, since she is in a higher class. The dwarfs in the film do not seem to have an education at all, but they do know how to work, as shown in the

Related Documents

  • Improved Essays

    Snow White Analysis

    • 1849 Words
    • 8 Pages

    By comparing these brief summarize of the two tales, it is apparent that in the Grimm’s version, Snow White’s beauty portrays her as naïve and thoughtless, (easily accepting the apple from the “elder woman”), often seen as a sign of weakness. While on OUAT (Once Upon a Time) beauty is used as a weapon, an advantage for the evil queen. So, what’s so bad with women being beautiful in fairytale or on TV shows? In general, nothing is wrong. Except that the female villains from the show that have magical powers wear dresses that shows a superabundant amounts of cleavage.…

    • 1849 Words
    • 8 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Through the mirror the queen is advised "you are full fair, 'tis true, but Snow White is fairer than you" (Tatar, 97). The mirror is an instrument that leaves the queen feeling insecure. This symbol of social pressure to continually be beautiful can be a woman’s destruction. Ultimately Snow White gets ahold of the mirror “and sometimes refers to her mirror as women do” (Tatar, 100). This draws on an endless loop, in that Snow White is by one means or another destined to suffer the same fate as her stepmother.…

    • 977 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    In other words, the following passage, “One day when the queen asked her mirror: Mirror, mirror, on the wall, Who in this land is fairest of all? It answered: You, my queen, are fair; it is true. But Snow-White is a thousand times fairer than you” (Grimm & Grimm, 1857) depicts how the Queen comes to the decision to murder Snow-White from the mere fact that a mirror believes that Snow-White is fairer than her. In addition, it is also revealing to the reader that when the Queen is, “pulling out the poisoned comb and holding it up” (Grimm & Grimm, 1857) she must only view her relationship with Snow-White as one that has been forced upon her since she married a man with a daughter, whom now must become her stepdaughter. Clearly, the Queen does not truly care for Snow-White, but is forced to accept the relationship due to her marriage and status.…

    • 1409 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Witch Archetype Analysis

    • 924 Words
    • 4 Pages

    By the way, the customers are primarily women. How can female employees lie to customers who are the same gender in order to get a paycheck? In many situations: fairy tales, politics, and movies have women degrading female archetypes either by abusing their powers, mocking women or revenge. The first example will be the classic story of Cinderella, that has women degrading each other. The mother is a witch due to her many demands on Cinderella.…

    • 924 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Great Essays

    active characters and the importance of beauty. Lieberman notices that portraying Cinderella as a passive character, like many other females, is done purposely and causes a reason for concern. Cinderella is thought to be beautiful and kind, while her stepmother and stepsisters are ugly and cruel. Similar to other fairytales, the powerful woman is almost always considered the villain, while the passive girl is given the happy ending without having to work for it. The tale of Cinderella idolizes suffering in silence and expecting something good to happen in return (197).…

    • 2228 Words
    • 9 Pages
    Great Essays
  • Improved Essays

    A common fairytale motif is that of the evil stepmother, in such tales as Aschenputtel, Hansel and Gretel, Snow White, and The Almond Tree. A character whose main purpose is to oppose the hero/ heroine at all costs, the polar opposite of our main character. This polarization is essential for us to understand the goodness of the hero, to want them to succeed, and to see how good triumphs over evil. The most thought of evil-stepmother is that of the Queen in Snow White. This character is introduced to readers as “proud and haughty” and only emphasizes these traits the more the story goes on.…

    • 991 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    I am certain that everyone can name numerous fairy tales. The most popular ones such as “Cinderella”, “Little Red Riding Hood”, and “Beauty and the Beast” are well known among the young and the elderly with a slight difference due to the various versions. The fairy tales that the elderly know are generally dark and disturbing while the most recent ones are happy and fantasy like. They attract more the little girls who want to be pretty princesses. In Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë does not seem to hint towards intentionally comparing her novel to any version of a fairy tale that you have heard of before.…

    • 1222 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    In Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty the biggest element is beauty. Beauty is seen as a competitive aspect between women. In all three Disney princess movies, the villains are all women. Women who are jealous of the princesses’ beauty and will do anything in their power to get rid of her, in order to make themselves feel more beautiful. In those movies they give no importance to the villains.…

    • 1433 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Symbolism In Cinderella

    • 1009 Words
    • 5 Pages

    “Its main theme is unjust oppression that is followed by a triumphant reward” because the whole story is about a pathetic girl with an unfortunate life that suddenly flips into this lavish and remarkable future (“Cinderella by the Brothers Grimm”). The moral of the story is “Falsehood and wickedness will be punished severely”(“Cinderella Story Comparisons”). The two step sisters deserve the punishment they earned which was getting their eyes pecked out by birds. The sisters were manipulative and took absolute advantage of cinderella and that lead to what became the moral of Charles Perrault’s “Cinderella”. This tale could mold and shape how people see the world in the future.…

    • 1009 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    One of them said, “I think that Snow White is very pitiful princess. She’s just only fourteen and she has to leave her castle because her own beauty is a threat to another woman, so she will be killed. And finally, her only physical beauty is what saves her in the end. Because of her skin as white as snow, lips as red as blood, and hair as black as ebony. That’s why she’s alive with a prince’s kiss.” It makes me think that if Snow White is not pretty at all, she may be in her glass coffin until now.…

    • 1473 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Superior Essays