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The true meaning of the Red Apple in Snow White

19.12.2014 Posted in Lifestyle No Comments

While trying to decipher different meanings of Red, in one of my previous blogs I wrote about the Red colour in the Little Red Riding Hood. One of the best-known and emblematic Red objects in any Fairy Tale is the Red Apple that the Queen gives to Snow White. The story goes that the Queen, the stepmother of Snow White, jealous of her stepdaughter’s beauty, decides to get rid of her after her “Talking Mirror” reveals Snow White’s location. Snow White has escaped into the forest where she settles into a cottage with seven dwarves. The wicked Queen finds out that her step-daughter is alive, then dresses up as an old woman, visits Snow White and offers her a poisoned apple.  Snow White does not trust the stranger, however the Queen has her way of doing evil. The Red apple is only half-poisoned. So Snow White tries the healthy part first. She likes it and eats the whole apple, falling into a death-like sleep. A closer look into the story reveals that the apple is bi-chromatic. Only the poisoned half is red. The good part is white in the Disney film and green in the Brothers’ Grimm story. All ends well when Prince charming passes by the forest, kisses Snow White and saves her from eternal sleep. Which leaves red the most expressive color of all times for danger, anger, and attention. Luckily, on so many other occasions it stands for love, beauty and passion. Not many know that the […]