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Snow White and the Seven Deadly Sins

Poem by R.S. Gwynn. A poem analysis by Anna Schuttenhelm and Christine McDonald
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A presentation by Anna Schuttenhelm
and Christine McDonald Snow White and the Seven Deadly Sins R.S. Gwynn Born in North Carolina in 1948

Won the Vereen Bell Award twice for creative writing

Is a professor at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX

Writes mostly satirical poems Stanza 1 Good Catholic girl, she didn't mind the cleaning.
All of her household chores, at first, were small
And hardly labors one could find demeaning.
One's duty was one's refuge, after all. Stanza 2 And if she had her doubts at certain moments
And once confessed them to the Father, she
Was instantly referred to texts in Romans
And Peter's First Epistle, chapter III. Stanza 3 Years passed. More sinful every day, the Seven
Breakfasted, grabbed their pitchforks, donned their horns,
And sped to contravene the hopes of heaven,
Sowing the neighbor's lawns with tares and thorns. Stanza 4 She set to work. Pride's wall of looking glasses
Oogled her dimly, smeared with prints of lips;
Lust's magazines lay strewn, bare tits and asses
Weighted by his "devices"- chains, cuffs, whips. Stanza 5 Gluttony's empties covered half the table,
Mingling with Avarice's cards and chips,
And she'd been told to sew a Bill Blass label
Inside the blazer Envy'd bought at Gyp's. Stanza 6 She knelt to the cold master bathroom floor as
If a petitioner before the Pope,
Retrieving several pairs of Sloth's soiled drawers,
A sweat-sock and a cake of hairy soap. Stanza 7 Then, as she wiped the Windex from the mirror
She noticed, and the vision made her cry,
How much she'd grayed and paled, and how much clearer
Festered the bruise of Wrath beneath her eye. We are introduced to the stereotypical housewife. She does everyday chores/tasks and believes she is doing her duty as a woman. She has doubt in her faith so she goes to confession. There the priest tells her to read the third chapter of Peter which talks about the duties of a married woman. Even the priest assures her that she should keep doing her duties and listening to her husband. She has been married to her husband for many years now and every day his sinful habits get worse. He is not only affecting her but also his neighbors. She starts out her day looking at her husband's wall of glasses. Each of these glasses is a trophy of the other women that he has been with. The husband also has pornographic magazines laying around because he is a sexual sadist. She cleans off the table covered with her husband's multitude of empty food containers and poker chips and cards. She also has to sew on a designer label on an inexpensive jacket. Her kneeling down on the floor is symbolic of her servitude towards her husband. Because he is lazy, she picks up his dirty clothes and the mess he left on the floor. She is finally starting to realize that her husband has been changing her all these years. Not only has she become emotionally and mentally drained, she is also becoming physically drained, partly due to the fact that he beats her. Stanza 8 "No poisoned apple needed for this Princess,"
She murmured, making X's with her thumb.
A car door slammed, bringing her to her senses:
Ho-hum. Ho-hum. It's home from work we come. She thinks that she is already dead. She marks X's over her eyes, symbolic of being dead and ending her pain. As soon as she hears her husband slam his car door, she snaps back into reality. Stanza 9 And she was out the window in a second,
In time to see a Handsome Prince, of course,
Who, spying her distressed condition, beckoned
For her to mount (What else?) his snow-white horse. She goes out to greet her husband who must be an attractive man. He can sense that she is distressed so he tries to comfort and reassure her that everything will be okay. Stanza 10 Impeccably he spoke. His smile was glowing.
So debonair! So charming! And so Male.
She took a step, reversed and without slowing
Beat it to St. Anne's where she took the veil. She notices how perfect he looks on the outside, but she knows what he is really like. She takes a step towards him but then turns around and runs away to the convent to become a nun. She has finally escaped the evils of man forever. Questions Do you think that she realized what her husband was doing to her over the years or was she oblivious to it and one day had an epiphany of his actions?

Do you see yourself portraying of these traits in your own life?

What do you think are the possible themes of this poem? Sources "232. Snow White and the Seven Deadly Sins." AP Lit. Blogspot, 27 Mar. 2008. Web. 01 Jan. 2013. "R.S. (Sam) Gwynn: Poet, Poetry, Picture and Bio." The Hyper Texts. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 Jan. 2013. "1 Peter, Chapter 3." USCCB. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, n.d. Web. 01 Jan. 2013 by R.S. Gwynn http://society6.com/MetaMephisto/Snow-White-and-the-Seven-Deadly-Sins-Xlp_Print http://www.thehypertexts.com/R.%20S.%20(Sam)%20Gwynn%20Poet%20Poetry%20Picture%20Bio.htm http://leemeiee.wordpress.com/2008/02/20/of-obsessive-compulsive-disorders-manias/ http://www.genesis.net.au/~bible/ http://spinoff.comicbookresources.com/2012/06/19/seven-dwarfs-get-an-overhaul-for-disney-juniors-the-7d/ http://s304.beta.photobucket.com/user/rainie_2310/media/ist2_105738-lip-print-vector.jpg.html http://www.momschips.com/facebookpoker/ http://www.ae.com/web/browse/product.jsp?productId=0107_9381 http://www.painetworks.com/previews/jl/jl4839.html http://www.illustrationsource.com/stock/image/433626/close-up-of-shocked-woman/?&results_per_page=1&detail=TRUE&page=6 http://villains.wikia.com/wiki/File:The-poisoned-apple-from-snow-white-and-the-seven-dwarfs.jpg http://oldsailor2007.blogspot.com/2008/09/prince-on-handsome-white-horse.html http://www.123rf.com/photo_9089312_retro-cartoon-nun.html
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