Snow White – Archetypal Literary Theory St. Joseph's Catholic High School Assignment

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Snow White – Archetypal Literary Theory
"Snow-White" is a story about a beautiful and innocent girl named Snow-White who was liked by everyone except The Queen. When the Magic Mirror claimed that Snow-White was the most beautiful person, The Queen became furious and ordered a huntsman to be killed, she escaped into a forest and befriended seven dwarfs. When the queen learned that she wasn't dead, The Queen prepared a poisoned apple and fed it Snow-White, which made her unconscious. The Prince came and wanted Snow White's body because she was very beautiful. On the way to the castle, Snow-White came back to life and married The Prince. A huge party was thrown in honor of the new queen, and The Queen was invited, where she was made to dance wearing hot iron shoes until she was dead.
When "Snow White" is observed using the archetypal literary theory, it is evident that "Snow-White" carries a much deeper meaning. The major theme in the story is that good conquers evil, shown by the struggle between Snow-White and The Queen. The Queen repeatedly attempts to kill Snow-White but fails every time. The line, “as white as snow and as red as blood, and as black-haired as ebony wood” appears multiple times in the story. “White is associated with light, goodness, innocence, purity, and virginity. It is the color of perfection. White means safety, purity, and cleanliness” (Color Wheel Meaning), which all corresponds to Snow White as she is the protagonist and represents both inner and outer beauty. “Red is the color of fire and blood, it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, anger, passion, desire, and love” (Color Wheel Meaning). Red describes the character of...

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