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Many people feared that apples could carry evil spirits, and that witches used them for poisoning. Brown of Duke University also makes a connection with the story of Adam and Eve, seeing the Queen as a representation of the archetype of Lilith. In some Scottish versions of "Snow White"-type fairy tales, a talking trout takes the place of the Queen's mirror, the Queen is the princess' biological mother, rather than her stepmother, the huntsman figure is the princess' own father, and the Queen's fate remains unresolved.

For example, in Italy, the Queen uses a toxic comb, a contaminated cake, or a suffocating braid. The Queen's demands of proof from the huntsman often her lover in non-Grimm versions [20] also vary: a bottle of blood stoppered with the princess' toe in Spain, or the princess' intestines and blood-soaked shirt in Italy. The Grimm brothers invented the motif of the Queen's execution at Snow White's wedding; the original story sees her punished by the King. The Grimms noted on the margin of their manuscript: "The ending is not quite right and is lacking something.


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In the first edition of the Brothers Grimm story, the Queen is Snow White's biological mother, not her stepmother. This motif changed in subsequent versions, [25] after According to some scholars, the story is constructed and characters are presented with ageist undertones. The University of Hawaii professor Cristina Bacchilega said, "I think there is still very much an attachment to vilifying the older, more powerful woman.

There is, for instance, no suggestion that the queen's absorption in her beauty ever gives her pleasure, or that the desire for power through sexual attractiveness is itself a sexual feeling. What is stressed is the anger and fear that attend the queen's realization that as she and Snow White both get older, she must lose.

This is why the major feeling involved is not jealousy but envy : to make beauty that important is to reduce the world to one in which only two people count. Witchcraft, the tale answers. Potions, poisons, and self-protection. Had she perhaps doubted and cracked the mirror, cracked the meaning of the mirror, she might still be alive today. That's why, I think, the most interesting women in stories have been villainesses.

So why not focus on this figure who is tragic in many, many ways.


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We really don't know too much about her - where she gets her powers. She's mysterious. Bruno Bettelheim. It thus is the implicit sexual struggle between the young girl and the queen. According to Bettelheim, "only the death of the jealous queen the elimination of all outer and inner turbulence can make for a happy world. Vanquishing the queen represents a triumph of positive forces in the self over vain impulses. Her continued existence means not only that Snow White's life remains in jeopardy, but that the princess is apt to be plagued by vain temptations for the rest of her days.

Unless the evil woman is eliminated once and for all, Snow White will never be free. The death of the wicked queen allows Snow White to truly celebrate her marriage, the bringing together of herself. As Snow White rids herself of her envious stepmother, she is, at the same time, next in line to become a mother herself—more able, we hope, to deal with envy than her stepmother had been. Regarding the manner of the Queen's execution, Jo Eldridge Carney, Professor of English at The College of New Jersey , wrote: "Again, the fairy tale's system of punishment is horrific but apt: a woman so actively consumed with seeking affirmation from others and with violently undoing her rival is forced to enact her own physical destruction as a public spectacle.

The glowing shoes, an appropriate symbol for her own unbridled envy, bring about her final demise. Maria Tatar. Her death can provide justice and allows the audience to see good triumph over evil.

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They don't have to see close-ups of It is fairy-tale violence, which is not like real mugging, terrorism and Argentinean torture. The character was portrayed in a variety of ways in the subsequent adaptations and reimaginations of the classic fairy tale. According to Lana Berkowitz of the Houston Chronicle , "Today stereotypes of the evil queen and innocent Snow White often are challenged. Rewrites may show the queen is reacting to extenuating circumstances. The Disney version of the characters also appears in variety of other Disney media, also making some cameo appearances in other works such as the film Annie Hall.

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