When the Grimm Brothers wrote the story of Little Snow White, they didn’t know that this lovely little tale would capture the hearts of millions, and be translated into movies, and plays all over the world. Indeed, it is a story of various characters, and each character is so unique in itself that the plays based on Snow White have captivated the audience for decades now. (Grimm, Jacob, and Wilhem Grimm, 2014)
The story starts off with the queen of a kingdom sewing in the backyard of her palace. She accidentally hurts herself with a needle, and three drops of blood fall on the snow in the backyard. She marvels at the sight of the deep red- snowy white combination, and wishes for a daughter, whose skin is as white as the snow, and whose lips are red as the blood. She conceives, and eventually gives birth to a beautiful daughter, but dies soon after. The baby girl, who just matches the description of her mother’s wishes, is named Snow White by her father.
The king, eventually, marries again. His new wife is a conceited and selfish woman, and seldom notices Snow White. The new queen has a special mirror, which on asked, names the prettiest female in the world. The new queen asks the mirror who is the prettiest woman, and the mirror utters her name daily. This goes on till Snow White reaches the age of eleven, and surpasses her stepmother in beauty. The queen, when asks the mirror who is the prettiest, gets an answer that it is Snow White now who is the most beautiful. Enraged and jealous, the wicked queen orders the huntsman of the kingdom to kill Snow White. The huntsman takes the little girl to the forest to kill her but Snow White pleads mercy. The huntsman lets her go, and kills a deer on the way. He brings the liver and heart of the deer to the queen, and tells her that these are Snow White’s. The queen is delighted.
Snow White, meanwhile, wanders in the forest, and stumbles upon a little cottage. The cottage has seven tiny beds, seven tiny plates, and goblets, and seven tiny chairs. Snow White eats some of the food on the plates, and falls asleep on one of the beds. The cottage, in reality, belongs to seven dwarfs. When they come back from work, the dwarfs are shocked to find a girl in their cottage. They appoint her as a housekeeper eventually to do all their household chores. Snow White and the dwarfs become close to each other soon.
The queen finds out that Snow White is still alive after her mirror tells her Snow White is still the prettiest. She goes to the dwarfs’ cottage as a ribbon-seller. She delights Snow White with colorful ribbons, and eventually ties one around Snow White so tightly that she faints. The dwarfs come home in the evening, and revive her.
The queen again goes as a comb-seller, and uses a poisonous comb on Snow White’s hair. The little girl faints again, and again the dwarfs save her in time. The queen, enraged, disguises herself as an apple-seller, and offers an apple to Snow White. She even takes a bite to show the girl that the apple is not poisonous. However, the other half of the apple is spiked with poison, and Snow White faints after taking a bite from the other side. The dwarfs, unable to revive her, place her in a coffin, and set off to bury her. They meet a handsome prince on the way, who is mesmerized with Snow White. The dwarfs stumble upon a rough patch, and Snow White coughs, throwing out the apple inside her. She wakes up, and the prince marries her.
The queen is mad with jealousy, and is punished by forced to wear iron shoes. She is forced to dance till she drops dead. Thus, good triumphs finally, and evil succumbs.
- Grimm, Jacob, and Wilhem Grimm. “Little Snow White.”www.pitt.edu.n,p.,n.d. Web.1st Novermber.2014