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Snow White and the Seven Deadly Sins
Transcript of Snow White and the Seven Deadly Sins
Rhyming scheme: "moments, Romans"
This stanza contains an allusion in the form of a reference to the Bible. The author mentions, "Romans/And Peter's first epistle." The theme of Peter's first epistle is suffering for doing good. Verse 13 even states, "And who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good?" These allusions are very deliberately used to tell Snow White that she should not rebel against the chores assigned to her.
Rhyming scheme: "glasses, asses", "lips, whips"
Personification: This is the first time the sins are given human qualities
Alliteration: "chains, cuffs"
This stanza begins the metaphor comparing Snow White's husband to the Seven Deadly Sins. His flaws are shown in the form of these sins, in this stanza through Pride and Lust. Pride kisses his reflection in the mirror, and Lust has sexual magazines and paraphernalia strewn around. The speaker talks about her husband as a vain, sexually obsessed man, and she is the one who has to clean up after him.
Rhyming scheme: "Pope, soap"
Simile: "She knelt ... as if a petitioner before the Pope."
Imagery: "Sweat-sock and a cake of hairy soap."
In this stanza Sloth shows his laziness by leaving his dirty clothes everywhere. Snow White kneels to pick them up, and the simile comparing her actions to a worshiper shows her inferiority to her husband.
"second, beckoned" "course, horse"
An allusion is made with the capitalization and italicizing of the words "prince charming" referring to the idea in popular culture of the hero in the story, or the man who comes to save the day in the fairy tale.
The fourth line talks about the husband beckoning to a "snow-white horse" clearly showing how the husband is trying to entice Snow White back into marriage.
In this stanza, the husband recognizes that his wife is preparing to leave, "And she was out the window in a second" and puts on a show of good behaviour and promising that he will be her “Handsome Prince,” on a “snow-white horse.”
Rhyming scheme: "glowing, slowing", "Male, veil"
At the end of this stanza Snow White finally realizes that she can leave her abusive husband and does so, where she, "Beat it to St Anne's and took the veil." She is so damaged by her husband that she believes the only escape for her is to get away from men completely. She realizes she can never choose the Handsome Prince and runs away to become a nun.
Rhyming scheme: "thumb, come"
Alliteration: "Ho hum, ho hum."
Allusion: "No poisoned apple needed for this Princess."
There is an allusion in this stanza to the classic fairy tale of Snow White. The speaker mentions poisoned apples, the main plot point of the story. She says she does not need them to put her into death-sleep; her husband does it on his own just fine.
Snow White and the Seven Deadly Sins
"cleaning, demeaning" "small, all"
alliteration "after all"
The first stanza introduces the main character in the poem; "Good Catholic girl". The girl, or Snow White, at the beginning of her marriage with her husband does not mind all of the chores and cleaning. She believes it is what she is meant to do in a marriage as shown in the fourth line: "One's duty was one's refuge, after all."
heaven" "horns, thorns"
By italicizing and capitalizing the word "seven" the first allusion is made to the seven deadly sins. These sins are pride, lust, gluttony, greed, envy, sloth, and wrath.
Images of her husbands activities are made with vivid descriptions, "grabbed their pitchforks, donned their horns," "Sowing the neighbors' lawns with tares and thorns."
The woman's life continues as "years pass" and her husband's behaviour continues as "More sinful everyday". Although the husband's job is not identified, it is made clear that he does not contribute in society, as described in his day to day activities.
"table, label" "chips, Gyp's"
The reference to "Bill Blass" refers to the fashion label, Bill Blass Limited popular when the poem was written. The second, third and fourth allusions are made with the capitalization and italicizing of the words "gluttony" "avarice" (which is another word for greed) and "envy'd" which all refer to one of the deadly sins.
This stanza is thick with references to her husband's embodiment of the three referred sins. His "gluttony" is referred to with the mess of empty bottles that cover the table. His "avarice" is referred to with "cards and chips," alluding to potential gambling. Finally, his "envy" is shown when he makes his wife sew the fashion label on the inside of an inexpensive blazer.
Vivid images are made with the descriptions of the husbands sinful behaviour, "empties covered half the table".
"mirror, cleaner" "cry, eye"
An allusion is made to the seven deadly sins with the capitalization and italicizing of the word "wrath".
The fourth line can be used as an example of imagery, describing the abuse Snow White is subjected to, "Festered the bruise of Wrath beneath her eye."
This stanza shows Snow White beginning to realize how much she has changed over the years, noticing marks from her husbands abuse. Not only does her husband defile their home, but he also beats the woman who has dedicated her life to cleaning up his filth.