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There is more than one villain in Snow White

Updated on August 6, 2014
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Is it possible that all mirrors are magical, or was the Queen in Disney’s 1937 classic Snow White seeing only what she believed to be real? I know for sure that it doesn’t matter who might be telling me I am the fairest of them all, the most beautiful, or most enchanting, sometimes I’m just not feeling it. Sometimes we are our biggest, cruelest bullies, and our reflections depict only what we believe others see.

The Queen wanted nothing more than to be the most beautiful woman in the land, yet she never thought that she could measure up to the beauty standards of Snow White. Glossy dark hair, clear porcelain skin, a great body, and an infectious personality, who could resist? In just minutes Snow White had seven men whom she had never met before practically falling in love with her. The mirror told the Queen that Snow White was perfect. Was it the mirror speaking, or was it the voice in the Queen’s head? Maybe it was nothing more than a tiny whisper, but the Queen was so self-conscious about her appearance that she believed the mirror was yelling back at her. Wanting perfection can be a curse. Today some people pay tens of thousands of dollars for plastic surgery. Reports of pain, agony and emotional distress sometimes follows these cosmetic surgeries.

Sometimes, no matter how much you change the outside, there will always be imperfections in the mirror. That is what the Queen discovered when she devised a plan, and attempted to kill Snow White. Maybe Walt Disney was trying to teach us all a lesson about loving ourselves, and being confident in who we are.

The Queen would stop at nothing to be the fairest of them all. Feeling self-conscious about her appearance, she became an evil, bullying villain. She felt betrayed by her reflection. Therefore, she created a plan that would result in destroying her ultimate competition. Unfortunately she didn’t realize that her biggest competition was herself.

If the Queen was confident with herself then maybe she wouldn’t have tried to kill Snow White. Maybe she would have had the confidence to believe that you do not have to look like society’s consideration of beauty in order to be beautiful. Different is interesting, and interesting is attractive. It may have made for a dull animated film, but the Queen may have had a much more loving and fulfilling life. Today people might have better and deeper relationships with their family and friends if they didn’t fixate on outward appearance and the need to be considered the prettiest amongst the group.

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Disney's Hollywood Studios' artwork Reflection of Evil [1] showing the character in both of her two forms from the 1937 Snow White film
Disney's Hollywood Studios' artwork Reflection of Evil [1] showing the character in both of her two forms from the 1937 Snow White film | Source

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