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Fairy Tales

A Missouri Southern State University subject guide on fairy tales.

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Snow White

The Apple Was So Cunningly Made

Elements of the Story

As explained in the 'Conventions of fairy tales' section, a fairy story always includes a number of important elements.

When reading through this section, keep in mind the Brothers Grimm version of the story as told here -

SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS

In the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs the elements include: 

GOOD CHARACTERS

In the Snow White story the good character is, of course, Snow White.

Disney - Snow White And Seven Dwarfs Mural

"Disney - Snow White And Seven Dwarfs Mural" by Express Monorail is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

THE BADDY

The obvious bad character in this story is the witch.

Disney - Snow White's Scary Adventure - Queen Witch

"Disney - Snow White's Scary Adventure - Queen Witch" by Express Monorail is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

SUPPORTING CHARACTERS

Can you think of any supporting characters in this story?

MAGIC

One of the main features of this story is the magic apple.  Fairy tale magic can be used for bad as well as good, here is a good example of bad magic.

Snow White's Scary Adventures -- Poison Apple

"Snow White's Scary Adventures -- Poison Apple" by ATIS547 is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

OBSTACLE OR TASK

A fairy tale usually includes an obstacle or task which the characters must tackle with to reach their happy ending.  Can you think of an obstacle which Snow White faces and how this is overcome?

 

HAPPILY EVER AFTER

The prince finds the sleeping Snow White, she wakes from her sleep when the apple is dislodged from her throat and they live happily ever after...

Snow White and Her Prince #2

"Snow White and Her Prince #2" by auntie rain is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 

History of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Theatre Production

An image from the Missouri Southern State University theatre production of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"

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