The Fairy Tale Of Little Snow White Essay

1409 Words Oct 2nd, 2016 6 Pages
In the fairy tale of “Little Snow-White”, the authors introduce us to two beautiful women, whom happen to be stepmother and stepdaughter. However, the task of this essay is not to discuss the beauty of the two, but to discuss the complex relationship they share. Hence, to accomplish the task at hand, I shall analyze two scenes from the fairy tale and these scenes happen to be; firstly, the mirror informing the stepmother for the first time that she is not the “fairest in all of the land”; and secondly, the third attempt made by the stepmother to murder Snow-White via the use of a poisoned hair comb. Moreover, these two scenes will not only demonstrate the relationship Snow-White and her stepmother share, but also the message it conveys, and how they comment on the larger work. In the end, it will be clear that the complex relationship that the Grimm Brothers have painted is one occupied with: abuse, desperation, lack of care and fear. Additionally, the two scenes possess several similarities, and some of these are obvious (such as, the stepmother retains her envy of Snow-White throughout the tale, and this still drives her), however, the similarity that I will discuss is how in both scenes, the Queen has a “fake relationship” with Snow-White. 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…

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