Solving the problem of evil in the twenty-first century

Fairest of Them All


The Queen relies on the information of her magic mirror that apparently never lies. The Queen asks it on a daily basis, “Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who is the Fairest of them all?” The mirror would report to her saying that she is the fairest. Seems like a harmless enough activity; asking a magically talking mirror if you’re the most beautiful all day, every day. But with the Queen’s later reactions to not being the most fair can be blamed on this gluttonous behavior. After unceasingly gorging herself with the thought and idea of her unfailing beauty, the Queen’s unbelievably envious nature begins to grow. She becomes so jealous when she learns that there is one that is fairer than she. This avalanche of jealousy can only stay that for an instant. But one can understand the Queen’s reasoning for wanting to get rid Snow White. If you were to contrast the two, the Queen is not young like Snow White. Her fair pale skin contrasts her ebony hair so well at first site that the Queen would have no other choice but to become jealous. But only after becoming jealous, does she jump into a wrathful state in which she expresses her wish to kill the girl to remain the “fairest of them all.” In the midst of all of this anger, she calms herself as to express reassurance in herself that she will be the one on top in the end. All these bring you up to the ultimate sin she commits: Pride. In order for her to retain this title, she had to rid her environments of competition. The anger she displays at the thought of being only second best can only lead her to want to murder.

In wanting to be “the fairest of them all” and to get rid of Snow White herself, the Queen turns to black magic and concocts a potion that will change her into an ugly old woman. With this disguise, she can now find Snow White, get close to her, and offer her a poisoned apple so that she can die. The old hag tempts Snow White with the most beautifully red and delicious looking apple and says that it will give her anything in the world she wants. This directly resembles the story of the Fall of Adam and Eve from the Bible. The Devil had been changed into a Snake and tempts Eve with the Forbidden Fruit from the Tree of Knowledge saying that it will give her powers. In the same way that Eve tried to deny it, Snow White tried but is then tricked into eating the apple. Shortly after, the old hag is chased off a cliff and falls to her death without accomplishing what she wanted; proving that evil still gets somewhat vanquished.

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One response

  1. deesdetfc

    I like the humor. And I never imagined that there could be a parallel. Interesting…

    It’s almost as if Snow White can be compared to the body, and Jesus is the dashing prince coming to save us. A shortened version of the history and future of man.

    May 14, 2011 at 8:30 pm

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