“Someday My Prince Will Come”

“Some day my prince will come

Some day we’ll meet again

And away to his castle we’ll go

To be happy forever I know

Some day when spring is here

We’ll find our love anew

And the birds will sing

And wedding bells will ring

Some day when my dreams come true”

(“ST Lyrics”).

     Disney’s 1937 (“ImDb”) film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is an excellent example to show how Disney films and characters give people unrealistic expectations about love. For instance, the song, “Someday My Prince Will Come” is from the movie where Snow White is singing about how she wants her true love to come and find her. The song is problematic because it presents how Snow White does not want to take on any role in society except for a domestic one. Snow White is watchfully waiting for her husband or in her case prince, “And the birds will sing / And wedding bells will ring/ Some day when my dreams come true” (“ST Lyrics”). This part from the song shows how she wants to get married and all her dreams will come true but does not want to accomplish anything else.

     “Someday My Prince Will Come” can be seen as a song that stays with people as they mature. I believe that the song embodies dreams of young girls everywhere and their childhood dreams of getting married and meeting the perfect man. Anne Sexton’s poem, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs presents an alternative to Snow White’s story. Similar to Cinderella Sexton uses elements of the story and Disney movie,

“And thus Snow White became the prince’s bride. /

The wicked queen was invited to the wedding feast… /

Meanwhile Snow White held court /

rolling her china-blue doll eyes open and shut /

and sometimes referring to her mirror /

as women do” (Sexton 148-166).

Sexton’s poem uses the same charactertics as the Disney movie, as Snow White gets married and lives happily ever after. However, I think that Sexton is commenting on how a number of women lead a life similar to Snow White. In addition, women get married, take on domestic roles, and grow older. I believe that Sexton’s poem is a valuable poem in the way that it shows a substitute to Disney’s version but still uses elements from the story as well as film. This allows for people to get another perspective of Snow White’s story and come up with their own interpretations.  

     This clip is from the movie, with Snow White singing “Someday My Prince will Come”. I think that it is interesting to note that while Snow White lives with the dwarfs she takes on a maternal role. Also pay close attention to the animals and how they look like they are in love.

     “The great “magic” of the Disney spell is that he animated the fairy tale only to transfix audiences and divert the potential utopian dreams and hopes through the false promises of the images he cast upon the screen” (Zipes 428). This is a brilliant quote from Jack Zipes’ article “Breaking the Disney Spell”, I think that he is right in the way that Disney uses people’s dreams which allows for Disney films like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to create false expectations about love and life. Using Snow White as an example, the dream of falling in love is altered because it does not happen exactly like it does in the movie. Snow White’s life is a false promise (Zipes 428) because it is not realistic, but rather idealistic because all she wants in life is to fall in love and get married. This impacts the younger audience who receives somewhat false images of love and relationships.

     In addition, as Snow White’s story has been around like many other fairy tales for centuries, Disney’s version is just one of them. However, the Disney version presents a story that can be found in the real world. For example, Vanessa Joosen’s article, “Disenchanting the Fairy Tale: Retellings of “Snow White” between Magic and Realism” she argues that, “… the kiss of the prince is transformed in this story to mouth-to-mouth resuscitation by a handsome doctor a clear shift of the magic… The absence of the poisoned apple and Snow White’s long, deathlike sleep signal that this story takes place in the real world, not in the fairy tale setting of the Grimms’ tale” (234-235). I thought that Joosen’s discussion was very interesting as Snow White’s story is a fairy tale yet could possibly take place in the real world. This furthers the false ideas that people receive from Snow White because there is the chance that it could happen in reality. Furthermore, this allows for the audience to put magic aside and believe that the prince could actually save Snow White.    

Snow White’s kiss from the Prince

      Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs gives people unrealistic expectations and interpretations about love because it presents a helpless female figure that waits for her prince to find her. The character of Snow White I believe impacts people of all ages because like many other Disney films, people fall in love with the story. I believe that Snow White also influences people’s lives because her story is something that a lot of individuals dream of. This influences lives of young girls, because they grow up believing that being somebody’s “wife” is the only option in life. I think that individuals who want to find love and companionship must take control of their own lives. Snow White is still my favourite Disney character but I think that it is important to look how she has and continues to influence that lives of people young and old.

     This is a clip from the movie, displaying how Snow White is waiting for her Prince to come and find her.

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