Snow White (fairy tale)
|"Little Snow White"|
Snow White by Franz Jüttner
|Other titles||Snow White
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
|Published in||Children's and Household Tales|
|Publication type||Fairy tale and folk tale collection|
|Notable adaptations||Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Disney animated movie, 1937)|
"Snow White" is a fairy tale. It is known around the world in various versions. Early printed versions are found in Giambattista Basile's Pentamerone (1634) and in J. K. Musäus's German Folktales (1782). The Brothers Grimm recorded a version called "Little Snow Whie" (German: Schneewittchen) in 1812 in their Children's and Household Tales. The Grimms' tale is probably the best-known version of "Snow White" today. Walt Disney adapted the Grimms tale to an animated movie in 1937 called Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
A queen gives birth to a daughter. She names her Snow White. The queen dies. Snow White's father marries an evil woman. This evil queen has a magic mirror that tells her she is the fairest in the land. One day the mirror names Snow White as the fairest. The queen is jealous. She decides to kill Snow White. The queen's huntsman takes the child into the woods to kill her. He allows her to escape.
Snow White comes to a cottage in the forest. It belongs to seven dwarfs. They allow her to live with them. She does the housework. The evil queen learns Snow White is still alive. She decides to kill Snow White herself. She disguises herself as an old woman. She tries to kill Snow White first with a staylace and then with a poisoned comb. She fails. Snow White lives. At last the queen gives Snow White a poisoned apple. The child falls down as if dead.
The dwarfs place her in a glass coffin on a mountain top. One day a prince rides by. He falls in love with her. The dwarfs give him permission to take the coffin to his castle. The prince's friends lift the coffin. The bit of poisoned apple in Snow White's throat is dislodged. She awakens. The prince rejoices. He marries Snow White. The evil queen is forced to dance in red-hot iron shoes at the wedding. She dies.
- Zipes p. 478
- Zipes, Jack (Ed.) 2000. The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales. Oxford UP. ISBN 0-965-36357-0.