Snow White

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The “magic” of the Disney universe is undeniable, although not as one would first think. Walt Disney created an empire of fantasies, dreams, and magical adventures, but the true magic is the power Disney has to instill these fantasies and dreams into children’s minds. Of course, these fantasies are not always realistic. The easily impressionable thoughts and ideas of the children can be easily altered in their most susceptible time of life to believe these extravagant fantasies. The particular fantasy that is most often presented is the one of every story ending “happily ever after”, which usually goes hand-in-hand with the fantasy of finding the one Prince Charming. By buying into these fantasies, children in society lose the true sense of reality and what to expect in life.

The origin and purpose of fairytales are just as important as the revolutionary innovation Disney brought to the scene. However, the fairytales of ages ago were quite different from what people of today’s society would imagine them to be. The schism of the illiterate and the well-educated masses created an audience of high class folk who could read the printed fairytales (Bell 25). Since the majority of the tales were targeted at adults, the fairytales of this time would generally be considered too crude for children, although this would eventually change. As literacy rates rose, the children of the times were included more and more into the world of fairytales. By the end of the Nineteenth century, children were actually one of the main targets of fairytales. The stories were often told by a parent in a nursery, school, or bedroom to soothe a child’s anxieties (Bell 26). The tales would often be idealistic and, certainly, the “happily ever after” fantas...

... middle of paper ... in general. Disney films undoubtedly have an influence on the young impressionable minds of children they’re targeted at. The fantasies that are usually presented by these films are optimistic, idealistic and often improbable. It is easy for children to view these fantasies and come to expect similar events in life. Rags-to-riches stories, finding true love in a Prince Charming, and living happily ever after are three of the main delusional concepts in Snow White. The revolutionary technological achievements used in Snow White add to the false realism of the story, which could make the fantasies more believable. The children that grow up to these stories and believe the fantasies they see could have a skewed sense of reality and even a false optimistic hope. Bad things can happen to good people, and unfortunately, not everyone lives happily ever after.

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