Little Snow White & Red as Blood

Essentially, the two stories, Little Snow White by the Brothers Grimm, and Red as Blood by Tanith Lee, are depictions of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Each story follows a similar plot: A mother gives her daughter, Snow White, distinct features. Hair black as ebony, skin white as snow, and lips red as blood. The mother then has an all foreseeing mirror who assures her that she’s the fairest in the land, until she’s not. Each mother, birth and step, become angry at Snow White and seek to kill her to remain the most beautiful in the land. Both stories revolve around vanity, jealousy, power and lust. The mothers vanity drives her to kill her daughter so that she can remain the most beautiful. I really enjoyed reading Red as Blood for the religious component, an interesting spin. In this version Snow White isn’t a feeble minded girl but a watchful and understanding princess who quickly identifies to her father her step mothers intentions. Complimented through distinct subtleties, both stories tell about a vengeful, evil mother and a beautiful daughter.

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