Essay On A Critique Of Mirror Mirror

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A Critique of Mirror Mirror Safiye N. GÜVELİ, TR111.03 All around the world, generations after generations grew up reading and listening to the story of Snow White. The tale of the “fairest of them all” has been retold countless times, the oldest one dating back to 1812. The Brothers Grimm published it for the first time in their collection Grimms’ Fairy Tales. In the three centuries that have passed since, there have been numerous adaptations. All of these adaptations depict the story in different lights and make it possible for us to discover a brand new side of Snow White’s story each time around. Among those adaptations is Mirror Mirror, a 2012 movie directed by Tarsem Singh. Mirror Mirror turns the story completely on its head and creates…show more content…
Mirror Mirror defies the patriarchal—and frankly a little sexist—way of story-telling we have become accustomed to, showing the audience that women are capable of being the hero in their own story. Snow White’s character is drastically different from the house-cleaning, apple-eating damsel in distress we are used to. Instead, she is a bandit—a fierce woman who is not afraid to fight her own battles and save the prince along the way. Snow White herself encapsulates the essence of this change in the following lines from the movie: “I read so many stories where the prince saves the princess in the end. I think it’s time we changed that ending.” As a woman who grew up reading tales about fragile princesses waiting for their knights in shining armor to sweep in and save the day, I cannot tell you how good hearing those lines feels, and that is the biggest reason why this adaptation is worthwhile. To conclude, Mirror Mirror is a good adaptation for several reasons, namely its well-rounded characters and its radically-improved take on the relationship between the prince and Snow White and on Snow White’s character. Through these contextual readjustments, Mirror Mirror creates interesting, three-dimensional characters and a believable love story, and defies gender roles and deep-seated stereotypes, thus promising to be a satisfying experience for the
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