I took my class through the original Snow White by the Brothers Grimm a few weeks ago and it was amazing to see how they responded when they found out the original story was about a queen and her daughter, not a step-mother/daughter combination that we are given in the Disney presentation.
For those who do not know the story, the queen is very beautiful and in a moment of vanity, she wishes for a daughter as beautiful as she is. She gets her wish and gets a daughter that is far superior to her in the looks department. The magic mirror claims that the queen is quite fair, but doesn’t compare to the beauty of Snow White.
The queen then plots to kill her own daughter by having her taken into the woods and put to death. The queen is so depraved in her desire that she tells the hunter who is to kill her, to bring Snow White’s liver to her, so she can cook it up and eat it.
It is as this point that my sixth graders were in absolute revulsion against the queen, as they should be. “How could she kill her own daughter over looks?” These sixth graders know the truth. What the queen wants to do is an abomination.
What is lost on them is that they have clearer moral compasses than our society does. What I could not tell the sixth graders is that we have a society full of women just like this queen. They have their sons and daughters served up in the abortion mills for the same vain reasons as the queen in Snow White. These women want to retain their looks and not be burdened by someone who might be a tad bit more beautiful than they are.
I know the abortion-minded young lass wants to claim that the child in her womb is not a real person, but science still proves otherwise. Life begins at conception and women who put their children to death so that they are not burdened with caring for them are no better than the wicked queen in Snow White.
I wanted to tell my sixth graders about this reality. But wisdom dictated that I remain silent. Most of these children would not have been able to hear it. Maybe some day they will see the gruesome parallel between Snow White’s mother and so many of the women in our country. Maybe the girls themselves will see the parallel as well, and turn away from the deadly practice.
Yes, having children means giving up the perfect body for another being. Yet, that is what true sacrificial love is. It is putting others first, and the women in our culture need to be reminded of this truth.