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Perhaps the most distorted of all the Grimm's fairy-tales is Snow White. The movie version of Snow White was one of the first full-length animated films ever created. Unfortunately, almost half of the original story was completely left out!

Another Evil Stepmother

We all know Snow White was a beautiful young girl with a wicked and vain stepmother. The queen would sit at her mirror and ask about her own beauty. When she learned that Snow White had grown to be the most beautiful in the land, the evil queen was furious. According to the Brothers Grimm, Snow White was only eight years old at the time.

The evil stepmother then decides the only solution is to have a huntsman take Snow White away and kill her. Of course, the huntsman can't do it and brings back a wild pig's heart instead. In the older version of the tale, the evil queen then pickles and eats the heart thinking she has eaten the heart of Snow White. Lovely.

The Little Men

Snow White wanders in the forest and finds a little home that is perfectly clean. Yes, the movie had it all wrong. Snow White makes herself at home and the dwarves accept her right away. Her job is to keep things neat and tidy while they work in the mine all day. In return, they will be sure she never wants for anything.

In Hot Pursuit

The stepmother quickly discovers Snow White is still alive and sets off to deal with her death once and for all. Here the movie quickly falls away from the original story. In the time of the original story, all the women and girls wore stays or corsets. The evil queen disguises herself as a peddler and goes to the dwarfs' house. She offers Snow White beautiful stay laces and when Snow White accepts, the queen-in-disguise offers to lace Snow White's stays. She, of course, laces them too tightly and Snow White passes out.

When the dwarves come home, they find Snow White unconscious, but are able to cut the laces and wake Snow White up. They warn her that the peddler was the queen in disguise and not to let her in the house again.

Appealing to Vanity

The queen tries her little trick again, but this time with a poisoned comb. Snow White tries to be good and keep the peddler/stepmother out, but is drawn in by the beautiful comb. The evil peddler woman offers to comb Snow White's hair with it, and like a ninny, Snow White agrees. Of course, the poison works immediately and Snow White falls down, seemingly dead.

Fortunately for Snow White, the dwarves come home almost immediately after this and wake her up by removing the comb. They scold her and tell her to not be fooled again.

Her Undoing

Naturally, the queen finds out Snow White is STILL alive, so she tries one last evil deed. She poisons one side of a beautiful apple and visits Snow White for a third time. Snow White, who is obviously not the sharpest mind around, agrees to share the apple with the old woman. Snow White gets the poisoned side. One bite later, Snow White is on the floor, not breathing.

This time, when the dwarves come home, they are unable to see why Snow White is dead. They mourn her for three days and finally create a glass coffin for her so they can look at her beauty that even death didn't diminish. She lies in the coffin for a long time until a prince happens to spend the night with the dwarves as part of his journey. The prince sees the young Snow White and decides he must have her Ė literally. He convinces the dwarves to let him have the glass coffin and its dead occupant.

Revived!

As the prince's servants are carrying Snow White's coffin away, they trip over a tree root. This jars Snow White and makes the apple fall out of her mouth.She opens the lid of the coffin and tries to figure out what is going on. The prince is thrilled that his dead beauty is now alive and takes her away to marry. (One would hope she slept for years since she was only eight to begin with.)

In true fashion, the old tale does not end here. After their wedding, Snow White and her prince throw a huge party. The old stepmother happens to ask her magic mirror who is the most beautiful and is shocked to hear that the new queen is more beautiful than she is. She considers staying home and pouting, but decides to check out the competition herself.

Unfortunately for the old queen, Snow White was expecting her. Iron shoes had been heated in the fire until they were red hot. The wicked stepmother was forced to put the shoes on and dance until she fell down dead. Let's hope this style of dance was not typical at wedding celebrations of the time.

The Lesson

There are almost too many lessons to count in this particular tale. The most obvious is the danger of vanity as demonstrated by both the queen and Snow White. It's also pretty clear that not following the instructions of your elders, in this case, the dwarves, is bad for your overall health. Finally, Snow White takes a pretty big hit for being just plain stupid. After all, most girls would figure the peddler woman out after the first murder attempt. At least, I hope they would.


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purple_girl_ru

21/Female
Vinton, IA
Posted On: February 2, 2007
you forgot the begining where snow white's actual mom wished that she could have a daughter that was as beautiful as a winter day with lips as red as blood and dies in childbirth.
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Mystic_Wind_Da

24/Female
Russia
Posted On: February 2, 2007
Since I couldn't comment on the Cinderella post because it wouldn't let me I hope you don't mind me commenting on it this post. I love the Grimm Brother's Cinderella as well as this version of Snow White! Where are you finding these tales? I would like to check out more tales from the Grimm Brothers! Also about Snow White marrying at eight years old, since I'm only taking a guess here and say the Grimm Brothers were around at least a hundred years ago, it probably wasn't that big of a deal that a grown man married an eight year old. But I could be mistaken since I don't know when the Grimm Brothers were around and writing fairy-tales.
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cherrygirl0531

19/Female
Bon Air, VA
Posted On: February 1, 2007
wierd................................... .......
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Silver_Wolf_Ki

23/Female
Canada
Posted On: January 31, 2007
The original tale was recorded by the Brothers Grimm. It can often be found under the name Snow White or Snow Drop in books containing collections of their stories. Any bookstore will most likely have a copy, but you should look for the non-children's version if you want to read this for yourself.
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p1234561324

21/Female
Toledo, OH
Posted On: January 31, 2007
whoa that is just plain weird where did u find the original tale from
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catLover4life

19/Female
Posted On: January 31, 2007
She was 8 when she was married? Creepy!
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RKD

19/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: January 31, 2007
no offence to anyone but snow white in that version is a total
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dorkyj2002

26/Female
Stuart, FL
Posted On: January 30, 2007
why did snow white marry the prince I mean like it was the dwarfs who saved her and took care of her when the evil queen wanted to kill her.

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dorkyj2002

26/Female
Stuart, FL
Posted On: January 30, 2007
Cool thou she shud hav tuk the dwarves wit her.that aint fair 2 da dwarves .

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MermaidGem76

17/Female
Union, KY
Posted On: January 30, 2007
I didn't know any of that.How do you know it??????

JZ
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cheesy_fruitca

19/Female
Gurnee, IL
Posted On: January 30, 2007
Intersting.
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Jenny181

24/Female
Canada
Posted On: January 30, 2007
why did snowhite marry the prince I mean like it was the dwarfs who saved her and took care of her when the evil queen wanted to kill her then he pops up just does the easy stuff and then she marries the pretty boy prince
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SILLYx_LoveSon

19/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: January 30, 2007
That's a great article. Although I read a version of the Grimm's tale that Snow White dies when she eats the apple, and doesn't wake up. The lesson was greed or stupidity somewhere around there. But this version is good as well.

~Lily
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cornelia_weasl

23/Female
Erwin, TN
Posted On: January 30, 2007
I like disney's better. She's older, she gets kissed. , but I do like all the tricks the stepmother plays.
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cowgyrlsam

26/Female
VA
Posted On: January 29, 2007
that is pretty cool how the original story goes
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