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Snow White

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Transcript of Snow White

Fairy Tale Seminar:
Snow White

Thesis
In the various versions of Snow White, the archetypal symbols represent and foreshadow the fate of Snow White and the other characters in the fairytale.
The Magic Mirror
In
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
by Roald Dahl, the Magic Mirror foreshadows future danger for Snow White and the continuation of the seven dwarfs' gambling addiction.
The Raven
In the movie,
Snow White and the Huntsman
, the raven represents the evilness of the queen and foreshadows her eventual death
The raven symbolizes the Queen's evil tendencies.
The Queen's evilness is the root cause of her downfall which is foreshadowed by ravens.
The Magic Mirror makes a statement that anticipates Snow White's nearby future.
"Then suddenly, one awful day, she [the Queen] heard the Magic Mirror say 'From now on Queen, you're number two, Snow White is prettier than you'".
Just as the example with Snow White, the Magic Mirror does not specify the fate of the seven dwarfs but rather utters something that suggests their futures.

"The Mirror whispered sweet and low 'the horse's name is Mistletoe'".
Colours
In the fairytale
The Snow Child
by Angela Carter, the description of the colours white, red and black foreshadow the fate of the young innocent snow child.
To begin, the colour white symbolizes the innocence and virginal purity of the young show child as she is naked.
The Count says "I wish I had a girl as white as snow." (Carter)
Appears naked with very pale skin
Represents virginal purity
After the rose kills her, she is raped by the Count
Her dead corpse melts into the white snow which symbolizes the lose of her virginity
Additionally, the colour red symbolizes blood and the rose that dangerously leads to the fate that awaits for the snow child.
The Count says "I wish I had a girl as red as blood." (Carter)

"So the girl picks a rose; pricks her finger on the thorn; bleeds; screams; falls." (Carter)
Red blood leads to her death
Is the colour of the rose that kills her
A blood stain and the rose are left where she dies
The colour red symbolizes her menstrual cycle and the devil
Lastly, the colour black represents darkness and death that the snow child painfully suffers.
The Count says "I wish I had a girl as black as that bird's feathers." (Carter)
Darkness and evil of the society where it takes place
Reference to a black raven's feather
Ravens represent death
The snow child dies
Symbolic that a feather is left beside her at death
Later, Snow White flees from her home in fear of the Queen.
Thus, the dominating archetypal colours white, red and black, lead to the dreadful fate of the young snow child and foreshadow future events that take place.
Works Cited
Carter, Angela. "The Snow Child." 2013.
http://biblioklept.org/2013/06/21/the-snow-child-angela-carter/
The dwarfs use the mirror for gambling for the rest of their lives.
Dahl, Roald. "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."
Monologues
. Jonathan Cape, 1 Jan. 1982. Web. 8 Mar. 2015. <http://monologues.co.uk/Childrens_Favourites/Snow_White.htm>.

Thus, through simple sentences from the Magic Mirror, it is expected that Snow White will be in danger and the seven dwarfs will keep gambling.
The Burning Shoes
Sanders, Rupert, dir. Snow White and the Huntsman. Perf.
Kristen Stewart. Universal Pictures, 2012. Web. 6 Mar. 2015.
In Anne Sexton's, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the iron shoes represent the upcoming death of the wicked Queen who envies young Snow White throughout the fairytale.
The Queen turns into a flock of ravens to escape somewhere when she does something evil, like when she poisons Snow White.
Ravens are always around her.
"Beauty is a simple passion,
but, oh my friends, in the end
you will dance the fire dance in red hot iron shoes"
To begin, the iron shoes are used as an archetypal symbol to represent the upcoming fate or death of a character
"when she arrived there were
red-hot iron shoes,
in the manner of red-hot roller skates,
clamped upon her feet.
First your toes will smoke
and then your heels will turn black
and you will fry upward like a frog,
she was told.
And so she danced until she was dead..." (Sexton)
With this, it is evident that the foreshadowing of the iron shoes in the first verse of the fairytale, determines the upcoming death of a character in Anne Sexton's version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, in this case the Evil Queen.
Thus, the iron shoes become the representation of the Queen's final death.
Sexton, Anne . "Snow white and the Seven Dwarfs." Poets.org.
Academy of American Poets, 1981. Web. 7 Mar. 2015.

<http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/snow-white-and-seven-dwarfs>.
The Poisoned Apple

In the fairy tale story,
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,
the poisoned apple represents the possible fate of Snow White and the Evil Queen.
Jealousy and Envy
She was struck in disappointment when the mirror said,
"Snow White is the loveliest in the land."
The queen began to plot to get rid of her rival.

She bribes one of the servants to put snow white to her death. When he fails to do, the mirror reveals that Snow White is still the loveliest in the land.
They are symbolic of impending death, as they are "close by at the death of people and animals" (Neelin).
Neelin, Rebekah. "The Meaning of Ravens in Literature." N.p., 2011.
Web. 7 Mar. 2015.
The ravens represent her evilness because they are always present when she commits an evil act.
If the Queen is always surrounded by them then that means her death is inevitable.
The presence of ravens in
Snow White and the Huntsman
is symbolic of the Queen's evil ways and foreshadows her downfall.
This clip shows how Snow White has changed to fit how society has changed.
Today, women and girls save themselves and also save other people without the help from men.
Here, Snow White saves the Huntsman with her pure heart instead of the Huntsman saving her with his strength as it was in the past.
"'She must die! She must die!' she screamed. Disguising herself as an old peasant woman, she put the poisoned apple with the others in her basket... "
At this point, the poisoned apple is revealed. The fate of the characters, foreshadows that someone will die in the end and is a symbol for the queen.
The Fate of the Queen
Intentionally, she is solely determined on poisoning Snow White with the apple-- revealing the symbol of death.


However; the Queen ends up tripping and falling into quick sand. Disappearing without a trace and dying.
*Snow White bit into the fruit, and as she did, fell to the ground in a faint: the effect of the terrible poison left her lifeless instantaneously.*
The poisoned apple is also a symbol of love. The color is red, and the apple is beautiful. The only way to lift the spell of the poisoned apple is to be kissed by the prince.
Biblical Theme
The apple can be related to the story of Adam and Eve. It is a temptation for Snow White.
The apple is a symbol for sin and evil in both stories.
Turn of Events.
Foreshadow - The fate of a character from the fairytale, primarily the Queen, is foreshadowed in this specific line.
Ending verse of the fairy tale.
Analysis
Value of the line
Significance - the description of the shoes represent the feeling of hatred, death and evil.
Analysis
The Queen's envy only came back to cause her, her own death.
Representation of the shoes, "Red- hot iron shoes"
Tiffany, Melissa, Lisa, Kassandra & Kayla
Snow White and the Magic Mirror
The Seven Dwarfs and the Magic Mirror
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