For my paper I chose the fairy tale movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs which is a remake for the so claimed to be European fairy tale in origin. In the movie, snow white whose beauty threatens her life survives several assassination attempts of her stepmother whose mirror clams that Snow White’s beauty exceeds the stepmother’s. In the end, Snow White is saved by a kiss from a prince. Ironically, almost none of that completely matches the original story. In fact, it is assumed that in the original story Snow White is actually raped by Prince.
That of course is highly controversial because logically it wouldn’t have been considered kids fairytale. The fact that the stepmother tries to murder Snow White is, in my opinion, the first problem in the movie because it would teach children nothing but hatred, jealousy and aggression in solving their problems. Snow White is a typical Disney character. She is young, white, slim, and tall. Her actions show innocence which, as we have learned before, is one of the traits with which females are depicted in media.
Snow White’s physical look qualified her to be the good side of the story. The dark side, however, is depicted by the stepmother who is seen in some parts as an old, ugly woman dressed in black clothes and is relatively shorter than snow white. Being white, slim and tall are not the only stereotypes of Snow White. She is also sort of obsessed with cleaning, fixing food, and doing home chores, which is, again, another trait of the four traits: the femme fatale, the supermom, the sex kitten, and the nasty corporate climber.
In this case, Snow White could be considered as a supermom although she is not an actual mom. But we can still consider the dwarfs as her children. The only thing that differentiates Snow White from many other Disney female characters is her reaction to a tragedy or a problem. Unlike other characters how would cry and while lying on their beds, Snow White prefer singing in order to forget her misery. That action is psychologically better than crying, since it reliefs the person of stress and sadness. So that could be as an advantage.
The dwarfs could be considered as secondary characters in the plot of the story but still they have an important part of it. They are seven dwarfs, as the title of the movies suggests, but their shortness is obviously exaggerated. They are all old but one and they are all goofy characters whose jobs happened to be miners. That is another problem. The whole story rotates around the rich class which virtually does nothing where as the hard working class is considered depicted as stupid, untidy, and ugly people whose lives are not of that importance.
The final character is the prince who’s also a typical Disney hero. He appears as the handsome, strong, young, and courageous prince who magically saved Snow White from the poisoned apple with a kiss. That event and also the warning of the dwarfs to Snow White about opening the door to strangers give males dominance in the story. At this stage, Snow White no longer feels to be innocent but rather naive and totally dependent character! Snow White is a dependent character throughout the movie. In the beginning, she is saved by the woodsman who couldn’t kill the sweat princess.
Then she is guided by the animals to the dwarfs’ house which is another sign of dependence and search for protection and security. Animals’ role doesn’t stop there. They also help her with the dish washing and dusting. In some unreliable-looking websites and videos it was suggested that some of the songs of the movie contain sexual messages opposing the lyrics of the actual song if played back word as a certain speed. For example the song “High Ho” that is sung by the dwarfs during mining, could be interpreted as a sound resulting of a sexual intercourse if it is played backward. All of that of course is in the end just theories.