SNOW WHITE Biography - Fictional, Iconical & Mythological characters


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Name: Snow White                                                                   
Snow White, (in German, Schneewittchen, Snowdrop in their first edition) is       
the title character in a fairy tale known from many places in Europe, the best     
known version being the one collected by the Brothers Grimm. The German version   
features elements such as the mirror and the seven dwarfs.                         
In the Aarne-Thompson folklore classification, they are grouped together as type   
709, Snow White. Others of this type include Bella Venezia, Myrsina, Nourie       
Hadig, The Young Slave and Gold-Tree and Silver-Tree.                             
In non-German versions the dwarfs are generally robbers and rapist, while the     
talking mirror is a dialog with the sun or moon. In a version                     
from Albania, collected by Johann Georg von Hahn and published in Griechische     
und albanesische Marchen. Gesammelt, Ubersetzt und erlautert (1864), the main     
character lives with 40 dragons. The sleep is caused by a ring.                   
The beginning of the story also has a twist in that a teacher urges the heroine   
to kill her own mother so that the teacher can take her place. The origin of the   
tale is debated; it is likely no older than the Middle Ages.