The Stepmother In Grimm's Little Snow-White

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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 …show more content…
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. Therefore, it is clear from both scenes that they portray the “fake relationship” the stepmother has with Snow-White, as exemplified by her reason of murdering Snow-White being based upon a comment from a mirror, and the lack of care she depicts for her stepdaughter by the actual attempt she makes on her …show more content…
In the first scene, the stepmother attempts to have a Snow-White slain as a Queen, as exemplified by how she orders a huntsman to carry out the deed. In turn this illustrates the relationship as meaningless for the Queen. However, this is a stark contrast to the relationship portrayed in the second scene, as the Queen attempts to slay Snow-White in the form of a mother. To elaborate on the previous point, we must first consider how Snow-White feels about her stepmother (which is revealed by the passage), “Snow-White looked out and said, "Go on your way. I am not allowed to let anyone in." "You surely may take a look," said the old woman, pulling out the poisoned comb and holding it up… and she opened the door. After they had agreed on the purchase, the old woman said, "Now let me comb your hair properly"” (Grimm & Grimm, 1857). In Snow-White’s case, she has misplaced her trust onto her stepmother due not only to her innocence, but also for her need of a mother’s affection. Moreover, as demonstrated by the passage, Snow-White had been previously made aware by the dwarves that her stepmother was attempting to murder her and not to let anyone in (Grimm & Grimm, 1857). Nonetheless, Snow-White lets her guard down once again, and lets the strange old woman in for the reason she desires the affection of a mother. In other words, for most young

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