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Comparing the Origins of Snow White


The story of Snow White is a classic fairy tale that has been retold and adapted countless times over the years. The earliest known version of the story can be traced back to the 16th century, where it was included in a collection of folktales by the Brothers Grimm. However, the story has evolved and changed over time, with the most popular version being the one created by Disney in 1937.

The original story, as told by the Brothers Grimm, is a darker and more sinister tale than the Disney version.

Snow White’s mother wishes for a child with skin as white as snow, lips as red as blood, and hair as black as ebony. When Snow White is born, her mother dies and her father remarries a vain and cruel woman who becomes Snow White’s stepmother.

The stepmother becomes jealous of Snow White’s beauty and orders a huntsman to take her into the woods and kill her. The huntsman, however, cannot bring himself to do it and instead leaves her in the forest. Snow White is discovered by seven dwarfs who take her in and care for her.

The stepmother, not satisfied with Snow White’s supposed death, goes to the dwarfs’ cottage three times, first disguised as an old peddler, then a comb seller and finally a mirror seller. In the last visit, the stepmother convinces Snow White to bite the poisoned apple, which puts her into a deathlike sleep.

The prince who is looking for Snow White finds her and kisses her, waking her from her deathlike sleep. Snow White and the prince get married and live happily ever after, while the stepmother is punished for her evil deeds.

In contrast, Disney’s version of the story is much more lighthearted and family-friendly. In the Disney version, it’s the love and devotion of her friends, the seven dwarfs, that saves her. They take care of her until the prince comes and give her a kiss of true love.

In conclusion, the story of Snow White has undergone many changes over the years, with the Disney version being the most popular and widely recognized. Both versions have their own unique charm and appeal, and continue to be loved by audiences of all ages.

By Kelli

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