Snow White and the seven Dwarfs
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Snow White is probably one of the most intriguing, inspiring and best transcribed wisdoms told in a fairy tale. This story is so multidimensional = it’s not just one story, but a whole many stories told as one and in its original language entertaining to every age group.
The story’s original language is German, though it is not a German tale. Prior to it having been translated and published in German, it was an Arabian evening tale,( bed time story) told from generation to generation, for children and adults alike.
The brothers Grimm, however, were the first to translate it and taking it to pen.
Here is the short version for those of you not yet familiar with Snow White.
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The original version is told as so:
Once upon a time there was a beautiful and righteous Queen who was stitching one night. When she pricked herself a tiny drop of blood fell onto the white linen and upon seeing the drop of blood she made a wish, that she’ll have a child, a daughter, as white as the white linen with lips as red as the drop of blood that fell onto the white linen.
In the translations that followed, the Queens’ wish was changed as wishing for a daughter with “skin” as white as snow, hair as black as ebony wood.
However, the Queens wish had nothing to do with the color of skin. She wished not for a daughter with snow white skin, rather a child that was righteous, decent, good hearted, and pure, so that when she’ll be of age and become a queen as well, she’d become a queen much like her mother – fair and righteous, thus ” white”.
Now it came to pass that the Queen gave birth to a baby daughter and the child was righteous and fair, good and decent, and well-beloved by all the people of the land and by all the folks of the castle’s court.
But when the child was still young its mother fell ill and died. And the King, mourning the loss of his beloved wife, married again to provide a mother for his daughter. And the new Queen was of great beauty, as well, but she was black inside her heart and filled with jealousy and envy toward the child, for it began growing into a beautiful young girl.
The new Queen constantly looked into a mirror asking the mirror again and again who it was that is the fairest and most beautiful in the land and the mirror answered her it was she, the Queen, who was the most beautiful. Until one fine day when the young child had grown even more fair and the mirror answered the Queen :” You Queen are the most beautiful amongst the women, but Snow White is a thousand times fairer than you”
The Queen flew into a rage and ordered the hunter to take the young Princess into the forest to, well, … get the girl as fast as possible to heaven ( poetically speaking).
Thus the hunter did as he was told and led the young Princess into the forest. But just as he was about to, ye know… get he girl to heaven, he felt great sorrow, for the Princess was truly of great fairness. Thus he told her to run as far as she could into the forest and never come back, for the Queen means to harm her. And to show the Queen that he indeed … brought the princess to heaven, , … he took the heart of a boar and brought it to the Queen as evidence, stating it was the heart of the girl.
The Queen went to the mirror and asked who it was that was the fairest and most beautiful in the land and the mirror told her it was she, and she was relieved.
Snow White ran deep into the forest and finally came upon a hut which she entered.
It turned out that the hut was owned by seven dwarfs who were miners ( working in a mine) and they began liking Snow White very much and agreed to let her stay with them.
Thus the Princess and he seven dwarfs split the responsibilities and she cooked for them, cleaned the house, the dwarfs provided food and they all got along just splendidly.
One day, however, the Queen once again looked into the mirror, asking the mirror who it was that was the most beautiful of the land and the mirror ansered her it was her, but… Snow White, the mirror said, living behind the seven hills with the seven dwarfs is a thousand times more beautiful than her.
This answer made the Queen angry and she went three times into the forest behind the seven hills, dressed as an old sales woman, to try to sell Snow White poisoned items.
The first item was a brush with which Snow White combed her hair and after she did she fell unconscious. The dwarfs rescued her and she was fine.
The second was a belt she placed too tightly around Snow White’s waist until she fell unconscious, but the Dwarfs rescued her again and she as fine.
The third time the mean Queen, dressed as an old sales women, came to the hut of the dwarfs, she gave the Princess a delicious looking red apple and when Snow White bit into the apple she fell unconscious. But the dwarfs were unable to rescue her this time and built a casket made of glass, placing Snow White into the glass casket.
Time went by and one day a Prince came riding by the hut of the dwarfs on his horse. He saw the casket made of glass and saw the fair Princess lying inside it. She was so fair that he opened the casket and immediately fell in love with her, then gave her a kiss. To his and the dwarfs great surprise the Princess awoke after being kissed, they got married and all lived happily ever after.
That is the fast version of the story.
This story, as all the fairy tales, is more than meets the eye. It’s written allegorically , using metaphors. When understanding these metaphors many stories evolve and it provided the readers, or listeners to the tale, with wisdom.
Below you’ll see links, on which you can click, providing you with some insights as to the meanings of the metaphors. And with those explanations you can see all this story has to offer.
If you don’t understand a word, like the word “allegory”, or ” metaphor”, look it up in the dictionary link below.
The color “White”
The number “7”