The Grimm brothers are the authors of many fairy tales that are well known to this day. They became world-famous after releasing the first collection of ancient folk tales named “Children’s and Household Tales”. They got the idea for the various fairy tales after collecting folk stories, which served them as an inspiration for interesting characters and plots. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were not only engaged in researching and collecting folk tales, at the request of the Prussian king they began to write the “German Dictionary”. The Grimm brothers have written many interesting stories, including “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”.
“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” is a classic story of love, genuine friendship, and jealousy. Even Walt Disney chose Snow White for his first animated feature and that changed the entire face of animation as well as history in film making. The main character of the fairy tale is a beautiful girl Snow White who lost her mother as a child. Her father married a beautiful but evil woman who was jealous of her youth and beauty. The queen always consulted a magical mirror that told her she was the most beautiful woman in the world, until one day the Queen received the answer she had not hoped for. The Queen could not bear that someone was more beautiful than her.
She ordered the hunter to take Snow White deep into the forest and kill her. But the hunter couldn’t do it. He decided to let her go, and Snow White found happiness with her new friends. Still, her happiness didn’t last long because Queen was constantly after her. She tried to kill her in various ways until she almost succeeded in doing so. Fortunately, Snow White was rescued by a prince. In the end, good overcame evil, and the beautiful princess lived happily ever after.
The Queen is a true example of a negative character seen not only in the fairy tales of the Grimm brothers but also in the stories of other writers. It represents everything bad and a person you wouldn’t want close to you in real life. It has all the negative characteristics – jealous, vindictive, selfish and cold. She is very arrogant and will do anything to get what she set her mind to, even if it requires human sacrifice.
Like any fairy tale before this one, the story of the beautiful pale maiden has a message. Throughout the story, her kindness and a pure heart are highlighted, which helps her defeat injustice. Snow White is the embodiment of that innocent goodness that is somehow always rewarded in the end. She doesn’t have a bit of wickedness in her, so it’s easy to deceive her because she’s a bit naive in its perfection. Still, the good people around her keep her safe, so luckily she gets her happy ending.
Genre: fairy tale
Place: forest, castle, seven dwarfs house
Time: once upon a time
Theme: The beautiful Snow White is forced to flee to the forest to save her life due to the malice and envy of the evil queen.
Idea: It is important to be of good character and pure soul because such persons will always be rewarded. The one that’s good to others can expect the support of his or her family and friends, and who is evil to everyone can’t expect help from others.
Once upon a time in the middle of the winter, as it was snowing, the queen was knitting by the open window and gazed into the distance. Suddenly she pricked herself in the finger and three drops of blood fell on the snow. As the red looked beautiful on white snow, she thought it would be nice to have a baby with such cheeks, white skin and black hair.
Not even a year had passed, and the Queen had given birth to a daughter, red cheeks, white skin, and dark hair. She called her Snow White. Unfortunately, the Queen died shortly after giving birth, and the King soon married another woman. She was beautiful but envious and naughty. She couldn’t bear to make someone prettier than her. She always wore a magical mirror with her, which she would often ask, “Mirror, mirror, tell me who is most beautiful in the world?” The mirror would always respond that she is the most beautiful. The Queen was content and happy because of that.
As time went on, Snow White grew prettier every day. When she was seven, the Queen again asked the mirror who was most beautiful? This time, she got the unexpected answer – that she was pretty, but Snow White was still more beautiful.
The Queen became very angry and jealous of the little girl. From that moment on, she hated her. One day she couldn’t stand it anymore, so she called the hunter and ordered him to take the little girl to the woods and kill her there. He had to bring her heart as evidence.
The hunter took Snow White to the woods, but when he pulled out a knife, Snow White began to cry and beg him to spare her life. The hunter took pity and let her escape. Since he didn’t kill her, he decided to kill the boar and take his heart to the Queen. He had to cook it so the evil Queen could eat it.
Snow White, meanwhile, was entering deeper and deeper into the woods, while wild animals were making her company. After a while, a small house appeared in front of her. She was happy because she was finally able to rest. When she came in, she was surprised that everything was small – small forks, small knives, small plates, and even small beds. There were seven forks, seven plates, seven knives and also seven beds.
Being thirsty and hungry, she took some food from each plate and drank some wine from each jug. She was tired and decided to rest in a seventh bed that was just the right size.
After night fell, the masters of the house returned. There were seven dwarves who mined gold every day in the mountains. As soon as they entered, they noticed that someone was inside.
The first one said, “Who used my chair?”
The second said, “Who ate from my plate?”
The third said, “Who ate my bread?”
The fourth said, “Who ate my vegetables?”
The fifth said, “Who used my fork?”
The sixth said, “Who used my knife?”
The seventh said, “Who used my pitcher?”
Then the first one said: “Who is lying on my bed?”
The first Dwarf saw Snow White after looking at his bed. Everyone was surprised to see the girl sleeping. They didn’t want to wake her up so they left her to sleep in peace. The morning after she woke up she was scared, but the dwarves immediately explained that they would do nothing to her, but asked why is she here.
She told them how she came to their house. The Dwarves invited her to stay and help them clean the house and cook. Snow White agreed. She cooked fine meals every day waiting for them to get back from the mine. Every morning they would warn her not to let anyone in, because her stepmother might find out she was alive.
The queen, convinced that Snow White was gone, decided to ask the mirror once again who was the most beautiful woman in the world. The mirror replied that she was the most beautiful one here, but across the seven mountains, living with the dwarves, Snow White is still more beautiful.
She realized that the hunter had lied to her and that the girl was still alive, so she decided to kill little girl herself. She disguised herself as an old saleswoman so no one could recognize her. She found a house and knocked on the door pretending to sell belts. The Snow White liked the belts, so the Queen offered to tie it. The Snow White agreed, and the old woman tightened her belt so tightly that the girl was out of breath and dropped to the floor.
The night was quickly approaching and the dwarves soon returned home. When they arrived, they quickly unfasten her belt, rescued her and told her she shouldn’t let anyone into the house.
The Queen stood in front of the mirror again and asked who was the most beautiful woman and once again received the same answer. She decided to dress up as an old woman again and headed to the house to sell her poisoned comb. Snow White said she couldn’t open anyone, but when the old woman showed her the comb, she liked it so much that she immediately started using it. At that moment, the poison started to work and Snow White fell to the floor.
The dwarves found the comb in her hair as soon as they got home and immediately removed it and warned Snow White again not to let anyone into the house.
The Queen turned to the mirror again, and again she got an answer that Snow White was more beautiful. She then decided she would try poisoning the girl with a poisonous apple. She disguised herself as a peasant and headed for the forest. She knocked on the window, but Snow White said she shouldn’t open the door for anyone. Snow White eventually opened the door once she saw a beautiful red apple. As soon as she bit her, she fell to the floor.
The queen returned to the castle, again asked the mirror who was the most beautiful woman and received the answer she wanted: “You are the most beautiful woman in the world!”
The Dwarves tried to revive Snow White, and when they failed, they made a glass casket for her. They spelled out her name in gold letters and decided that every day one of them would be guarding it.
One day, a Prince walked through the woods and saw Snow White sleeping in a glass casket. He asked the dwarves to take the casket and offered them whatever they wanted, but they didn’t want anything. The Prince then said he would guard it for the rest of his life, so the dwarves agreed.
The king ordered the servants to carry the casket, but one of them tripped and at that moment a piece of poisoned apple dropped from Snow White’s mouth. Snow White opened her eyes and immediately fell in love with the prince, who then proposed to her. Snow White agreed.
They had a beautiful wedding and a stepmother was also invited. After wearing a beautiful dress, she stood in front of the mirror and asked the mirrors who was the most beautiful woman, to which the mirrors replied that the young Queen was more beautiful.
Stepmother went to her wedding and when she saw it’s Snow White, her heart broke from malice.
Characters: Snow White, seven dwarfs, queen, hunter, prince
Snow White – is a pretty girl with “rosy cheeks, hair as black as ebony and skin as white as snow”. Besides being beautiful she’s also a good and kind person. When she needs to flee from the castle due to the evil intentions of the Queen, she will go far into the woods and meet good, hardworking dwarfs who will become her new friends. Regardless of the many problems, Snow White was always saved thanks to the love and true friendship. Snow White lost her mother early, and the Queen took her place as her stepmother. Still, the Queen (even though she tried) never managed to spoil Snow White’s, good heart. Even in the worst moments of her life, she maintained her optimism. When she was forced to leave her home forever, she believed that all things would be resolved. And she was right. She found a new home and new friends. She took care of them as if they were her brothers. She was hardworking and there was nothing she wouldn’t do. Still, in all her goodness, she was a bit naive, so the Queen managed to harm her which caused her to almost die. However, everything worked out in the end, and she lived happily ever after with her prince.
Seven Dwarfs – Dwarfs are likable little people and hard workers who go to the mine every day. They are simple and pure-hearted because they accepted Snow White as one of them. Moreover, they loved her very much because she took good care of them. They accepted her when she needed their help the most. They tried to protect her from the other dangers but failed in doing so. The Dwarfs worked diligently in the mine every day and Snow White took care of their cottage. They were terrified when they saw her dead. So you can imagine how happy they were when Snow White came to life again!
Stepmother (the Queen) – is an evil, vain and selfish person who only loves herself. She had the need to listen to how beautiful she was. When the Mirror said, for the first time, that Snow White was the prettiest of them all the Queen couldn’t stand the fact Snow White surpassed her beauty. She made a terrible plan and decided to kill Snow White, but thanks to the goodness of the hunter and the help of the Dwarves, she failed. In the end, she suffered because of her wickedness as such selfishness must be punished somehow. She was arrogant and thought her appearance was the most important thing in the world. The thought of someone being more beautiful than her killed her. She was so angry that she tried just about everything to get rid of Snow White. But in the end, she got what she deserved.
The hunter – was a loyal subject of the queen, but when he had to obey the order given by the Queen, he eventually showed that there was little goodness in him and that he could not just take someone’s life. The hunter saved Snow White’s life. He worked against the order given to him by the queen, though it may have cost him his life. The hunter simply knew what was right and what was wrong, so he acted according to his heart, not the command of his queen. He is proof that sometimes orders and rules are wrong and we should not blindly follow them if they are contrary to what we feel in our hearts.
Prince – is a handsome young man who, while walking through the forest, ran into dwarfs guarding a glass coffin in which Snow White was “sleeping”. He immediately fell in love with her and was very sorry that the girl apparently had died. The prince could not resist such beauty, and he had to kiss her. That was enough to wake her up. He saved her life for the second time and after Snow White woke up, they got married and lived happily ever after.
Brothers Grimm biography
Thanks to the Grimm brothers many children enjoyed reading the stories of brave heroes that always win over evil. The Grimm brothers are well-known German authors that, with a little help from the national stories, made fairytales that were enjoyed by the older and the younger.
The older brother Jacob was born in 1785 and died in 1863. The younger brother Wilhelm was born in 1786 and died in 1859. Both of them were linguists and philosophers. Jacob published German grammar and together with his brother he published a German dictionary.
Both of them studied law in Marburg and during that period both of them criticized King Ernest August I. and because of that, they could not end their school because they were banned. Because of the inability of studying law both of them started writing fairy tales which made them famous.
They were collecting them and writing them together while Wilhelm gave them a final touch. Their fairy tales are known as stories full of wisdom and cheerfulness.
In the beginning, their collection contained 86 stories and through repeated publishing, the number grew to 200. Some of their most famous works are “The Sleeping Beauty”, “Cinderella”, “Snow White”, “Rapunzel”…