Why Disney films are misunderstood: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
For a man that is only on the screen for “One Song” literally (and its reprise at the end), Prince Charming (known as the Snow Prince in the Disney canon but called "charming" by Snow White and never actually given a name) has been given a lot of credit for something he never actually did – rescue Snow White. This may seem surprising to those who haven’t seen the movie in a while or who have only taken a cultural view of Prince Charming’s role.
The first person to save Snow White is the Huntsman when his nature intervenes for him and keeps him from cutting out her heart. He tells her to run, and as revealed later, uses a pig’s heart to fool the Queen. Snow White runs into the forest where the animals aid her in finding a play to stay.
Snow White trades the skills that she was allowed to learn under the Queen’s care (most notably the ability to cook) for a place to stay with the Dwarfs. When confronted with death, Snow White’s animal friends fail to save her and the dwarfs arrive too late. Nature and happy (or unhappy, depending on your point of view) accident conspire to kill the Evil Queen, which would save Snow White if it weren't for the fact that she appears dead at this point in the film. The dwarfs could be credited with saving Snow White when they place her in a glass coffin rather than bury her.
All the prince really does is kiss Snow White to wake her up. This act is offensive if taken in a literal sense. Men should not force themselves on sleeping women because that is rape. In the metaphorical sense, a kiss from someone loved in a certain way makes the person being kissed feel alive. It wakes them up to the beauty of life and the world.
However, as the title would suggest, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs isn’t about Snow White and her relationship with prince. It is about Snow White, the seven dwarfs and the Evil Queen. While Snow White does sing about her longing for her “prince” to come, what she is really singing about is wanting to find someone who will love her and that she loves. There is nothing wrong with waiting for the right love to come around.
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