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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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maxblinkwednes

25/Female
Knoxville, TN
Posted On: January 29, 2007
i like this version better than the disney one
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dadezgurl

21/Female
Antarctica
Posted On: January 29, 2007
ok that sonw white chick was just plain stupid. i mean COME ON!!! duh three murder attempts... and it's the same person! what was snow white taking? maybe she was sniffing sharpies or something like that... if they even had that kind of stuff then......
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crazykiek

46/Female
North Huntingdon, PA
Posted On: January 29, 2007
if u are into teh grimms fairy tales u should check out teh movie "the twelfth kingdom." it was a mini series on nbc a number of years abck its really good the twelfth kindom is our world and its about this magic mirror that u cantravel thru and it takes a few palin people from ourw rold into teh wrold of fairy tales. tehrs snow whites grnadson prince wendell who is tuerd into a dog by the new evil queen ad he enlists teh ehlp of epole form our world. its really really good and not sugar coated liek teh dsiney sotries. but its really long so start watching it in teh morning or get lost of cafine tostay up all night its on 3 dvd discs or 2 video cassettes. look for it in teh familly or kids section of ur video store i know u cna def find it ata holly wood video. id about blockbuster or st more local net flix might ahve it too.
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sillywittlethi

19/Female
Columbia, SC
Posted On: January 29, 2007
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Spiritwolf15

24/Female
Henry, VA
Posted On: January 29, 2007
Cool Article I love these versions better then the walt disney versions
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blubbernugget1

21/Female
Boca Raton, FL
Posted On: January 29, 2007
way cool article yo it rocked my sox
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RKD

20/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: January 29, 2007
wow, great artical i quite like that version
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Knewgirl

23/Female
New Zealand
Posted On: January 29, 2007
has anybody seen the hallmark version of the movie??? it is really good if you can ever find it watch it^_^
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ariel8

45/Female
Posted On: January 29, 2007
That was a very nice little story! I have herd about this side of the story before! I'm preaty much happy someone ealse knows about it to!!!!! I think the next princess you should do is the little mermaid!
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virtugirl333

23/Female
Baltimore, MD
Posted On: January 29, 2007
I defntly like this story better. Are there gong to be more artcles like these?
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suicidal_angel

20/Female
Posted On: January 29, 2007
isaw that vrsion of the movie too. i would love to hear about sleepin beauty! yourarticles are so good!
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danitalbot

20/Female
Castle Rock, CO
Posted On: January 29, 2007
Nice! Love your choice of words! (ninny)
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SilverLily22

25/Female
Zionsville, IN
Posted On: January 29, 2007
Wow, it's like no one knows the original version of the story because of Disney. If you go to any bookstore you can buy a collection of fairy tales with that story in it, as well as other, less well-known stories that are equally as good.
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Knewgirl

23/Female
New Zealand
Posted On: January 29, 2007
wow i thought everybody new about the heart thing the hunter guy killed a deer instead^_^
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Knewgirl

23/Female
New Zealand
Posted On: January 29, 2007
ohh way 1st to comment!!!
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