This crazy Snow White fan theory will change the way you see Prince Charming: That ending doesn’t look so happy anymore.
Gah. What is this trend for overanalysing Disney movies until we’ve officially sucked the enjoyment out of them? First there was the major Little Mermaid plothole that made you question the whole movie, and now internet-people are raining on Snow White’s parade. DAMN YOU, INTERNET.
So. In case you need a li’l refresher (SPOILER alert for anyone that somehow hasn’t seen it, BTW) – Snow White is the story of a young, beautiful princess that takes refuge in a forest whilst hiding from her jels stepmother, the Evil Queen, before being poisoned and “killed” by a magic apple.
But was this really the happy ending our child-minds believed it was? One Reddit user, Scherazade, reckons NOT.
According to Scherazade, Prince Charming isn’t her savior – he’s Death. Say whaaaaat?
“Always present, always looming, but never intervening until it’s too late. Seen as an escape, but always risky, and she shies away from it when it first tries to embrace her. [Eventually] the Prince as Death saved Snow White, but only after she had fallen irreparably into his embrace through the apple.”
I have delved a little deeper into this theory that the Prince isn’t that charming and is instead just a really fit grim reaper.
They point out that Snow White’s initial meeting with the prince comes just after she’s been hanging over the wishing well. She seems afraid when she first sees him, and runs away. Coyness, or is it because he represents a brush with death by drowning in the well?
And that lovely end scene, where he kisses her and they trot off on a horse to supposedly live happily ever after?
The Prince’s kiss could actually represent him rousing Snow White from the grave to escort her into the afterlife, hence the strange imagery in the sky and the white horse used to lead his princess into the distance.
The white horse has a symbolic relationship with death in the bible (referred to as a ‘pale horse’ in Revelations) and this might also explain why Snow White is seen saying goodbye to the dwarfs like she is never going to see them again.
Sadly this does seem quite legit. We get that Prince Charming doesn’t exist in real life, but now we can’t even believe in Disney princes? What gives?!