Essay on Review Of ' Pride Pumped Like Poison '

1854 Words Nov 9th, 2016 8 Pages
Pride Pumped Like Poison
The Queen, usually known as the Evil Queen or the Wicked Queen. This version of the character was sometimes referred to as Queen Grimhilde.In the versions of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs that have been sanitized for children, the action of the poem usually seems to concentrate on the possibility of violence aimed at the innocent young. In those stories, although the reader assumes the queen to be motivated by her envy of Snow White’s youth and beauty, her motives seem to be subsidiary to the theme of violence itself. In Sexton’s version, the queen’s pride, which pumped in her like a poison is diagnosed directly as motivation. Indeed, Sexton says that before the mirror labels Snow White as the most beautiful woman in the land, the girl has been no more important to the queen than a dust mouse under the bed. The mirror’s announcement makes the queen suddenly aware of encroaching age and makes her determined to kill Snow White. At the end, the queen is punished for her pride by dancing to death in the red-hot shoes.
Sexton goes beyond simply making the queen a villain, however. In the poem’s second verse paragraph, Sexton uses the second-person you to suggest to the reader that everyone is subject to the corrupting effects of pride and may be subject to its rewards. . Witchcraft is a complex concept that varies culturally and societally; therefore, it is difficult to define with precision and cross-cultural assumptions about the meaning…

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