Movie Analysis : Snow White And The Seven Dwarves

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Cindi Chan SOC 110-01 Movie Analysis: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves Walt Disney’s film Snow White and the Seven Dwarves is an adaptation from Jacob and Wilhelm’s Grimm’s Fairy Tales, a book featuring numerous well known fairy tales of today. While many Disney versions of movies alter the storyline to cater to the young audience, this particular film remains relatively true to its original tale. In Walt Disney’s 1937 film, the Evil Queen is obsessed with her appearance to an unhealthy point of repeatedly consulting a magic mirror for reassurance of her beauty. When the mirror tells the queen that her stepdaughter, Snow White, is now the fairest in the land, the queen becomes enraged and plots to murder her competition. She orders a Huntsman to kill Snow White and to retrieve her heart as proof of the deed. However, the Huntsman finds himself unable to complete the deed and advises her to flee. As Snow White is running through the forest, she encounters a few forest animals, who lead her to the seven dwarves’ cottage. The dwarves, whom she quickly befriends, allow her to stay. Meanwhile, the Evil Queen is informed by the Magic Mirror that the Huntsman has brought her a pig’s heart, and that Snow White is not yet dead. The next morning, the Evil Queen disguises herself as an old witch and tempts the princess with a magic apple claimed to grant any wish. Snow White takes a bite of the poisoned fruit and falls into a sleep like coma that can only be awakened by with a true love’s kiss. The prince hears of this news and visits the glass coffin where Snow White is laid to rest and revives her. After she has awakened, the princess leaves with the prince, and it is assumed that the two lived happily ever after. Many elements of Walt Disney’s film reflect aspects of the society we live in and its ideals. For instance, the Evil Queen’s well-known line, “Magic Mirror, on the wall, who, now, is the fairest one of all?”, is problematic. The diction of the word “fairest”, meaning pale skinned, suggests that light skin is relative to beauty, an issue that is still prevalent and controversial within society today. One of the many examples to support this claim is the lack of inclusiveness of darker skinned individuals
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