While Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs remains one of the most famous fairy tales in the world, many don’t know the original story to the fairytale by The Grimm Brothers, which is very different to Disney’s version of the fairytale.

In the original story, Snow White, ventures into the forest and in to the house of seven dwarfs to hide from her stepmother, the wicked Queen. The Queen is jealous of her since she wants to be known as “the fairest in the land.” One day, while the dwarfs are at their diamond mine, the Queen arrives at the cottage disguised as an old woman and persuades Snow to bite a poisonous apple. The dwarfs, warned by the forest animals, rush home to chase the witch away but are too late to save Snow from the poisoned apple. They place her in a glass coffin in the woods but the Prince, who has fallen in love with Snow White, passes by and awakens her from the Queen’s spell with “love’s first kiss.”

In the original version, it wasn’t the wicked step-mother after Snow White but her biological mother. The mother did not just want her daughter’s heart, she wanted her lungs and liver as well. When she discovers that the huntsman did not kill Snow White, the Queen tries to kill her in three different ways: with an overly tight corset, with a poisoned comb, and with the infamously poisoned apple. By the time the prince arrives, Snow is already dead, but the prince falls in love with her anyways. After their kiss, as the prince carried her coffin away, the piece of poisonous apple falls out from her throat and she awaken. While the queen doesn’t get pushed off a cliff like in the Disney film, she is forced to wear hot iron shoes and dance in them until she drops dead as punishment instead. Regardless of the numerous differences between the original and Disney Version, Snow White gets a happy ending in both tellings.



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