Remembering Snow White on the Birth Anniversary of Wilhelm Grimm

Author:  Sherry Helms

You must have read or heard the story of Snow White during your school days. Haven’t you? In spite of that I guess it would not be annoying to read this fairy tale now, in order to commemorate the birth anniversary of Wilhelm Grimm, the youngest of the Brothers Grimm, who collected the best version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Though Snow White is a fable acknowledged from many European countries, it is most popular for its German version elicited by the Brothers Grimm in 1812. This widely accepted version boasts elements viz. the magic mirror, the poisoned apple, the glass coffin, and the seven dwarves.

Prior to Brothers Grimm’s popular German version, in which the culprit Snow White’s envious mother orders servants to take Snow White to woods to kill, some other story teller told the tale as the former takes the latter herself into the woods to gather flowers and abandons her. It is believed that Brothers Grimm had made this change to tone down the story for children. Till date, this tale is available in so many revised versions presented by other folklorists with slight changes in storyline.

Further, in many other non-German versions, the dwarves are described as robbers, where as the words of magic mirror are transformed into dialogue getting recited by the Sun or Moon.

Whatever changes in the dialogues and storyline have made, so far, in this world famous folklore, but the soul of the story is laid in the characterization of the protagonist, Snow White, and that remains the same as a snowy skinned princess. The tale is still fantastical enough to take one to a wonderland.

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