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Prequel: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs + Vocab

29 Apr

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

ONCE UPON A TIME

A well-known queen sits sewing at the window and gazing at the snow.  She pricks her finger with the needle and upon seeing three drops of red blood fall on the perfectly white snow, dreams about having an equally ideal daughter with white skin and red lips.  This child was exalted even prior to her birth!  Soon the queen is blessed with an illustrious child that is the paragon of all things beautiful with her snow white skin, ruby red lips, and black hair.  Unfortunately, the queen dies very shortly after and the king remarries a vein and officious woman.

This new queen has a divine mirror that answers her question affirmatively when she asks if she is fairest of them all.  The queen has been accustomed to hearing the felicitation, “You are the fairest in the land,” when she inquires, “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?”  When the baby, Snow White, reaches age 7, the mirror begins to auger that princess Snow White is fairest of them all.  Habituated to the former response, the queen naturally assumes the abnormal response is in error.  Seeking the familiar adulation, she disputes this fact and the mirror repeats that Snow White is indeed fairest in the land.  Another woman taking her place as the quintessential model of female attractiveness (affable and genial to boot) infuriates the queen and incites her to drastic action.

Severely agitated, with the mirror’s aberrant answers to her quarry the queen is fomented to eradicate her problem.  And she is furious that someone is challenging her pulchritudinous looks, so the queen propositions the huntsmen to take Snow White into the woods and kill her.  The queen is so unyielding in this request, the huntsmen has to choice but to concede to her wishes to censure the pretty princess.

To confirm the assassination, the queen relentlessly requests the huntsman bring the girl’s heart back.  Once in the woods the huntsman’s previously inured heart is warmed by the princess’ winsome looks and innocence.  He admirably takes pity on Snow White and tells her to run away and live cautiously.  To corroborate his tale of murder, the huntsmen brings a deer’s heart to the queen, and still in her inexorable fit of rage, she cooks and eats it.

In the woods, Snow White comes upon an anomalous family of seven dwarfs who offer her shelter in return for her to clean, cook, and sew while they are mining.  As a side-note, the dwarfs whistle while they work producing the most harmonious euphony.  They warn Snow White to be discreet and warn her to be provident about letting anyone in while they are out.  Meanwhile the dictatorial queen is infuriated when her mirror intuits Snow White living peacefully with the dwarfs–and tells her that the princess is still the fairest of them all.

The queen takes matters into her own hands and comes up with a ruse to kill Snow White.  She disguises herself as a peddler selling laces to gain access to the princess then proceeds to wrench Snow White’s dress so tight that she collapses dead on the floor.  The queen, warned by the musical trudging of the dwarfs flees the scene of the crime.  The dwarves are able to revive her.  Her first subterfuge unsuccessful, the queen plots again.  In her next murderous attempt, the queen dresses as an old woman and combs Snow White’s hair with a poison-laced comb causing her to fall to the floor.  Again, the queen is alerted that the dwarfs are on their way home by their pleasant melodies, and she gets out of there.  The dwarves again revive the princess.  In her final attempt to extinguish the girl’s life, the queen dresses as a farmer’s wife and offers an apple to Snow White.  Hesitant and foreseeing possible trouble, after her previous near-death experiences, Snow White demures.  Desperate to finally kill the girl, the queen cuts the apple in half and eats the white portion.  Seeing the apple is not noxious, Snow White eagerly accepts the other half–which is red and poisoned.  She falls dead to the floor and the dwarfs are unable to revive her a third time.

Unresponsive, Snow White is placed in a glass coffin.  A prince comes through town and is enchanted by Snow White’s august beauty.  The dwarfs relinquish the coffin to the love-striken prince and he begins to cart it home.  There is commotion when the coffin goes over some bushes, jostling it, and the poisoned apple is dislodged from majestic Snow White’s throat.  She wakes up and an extravagant wedding with a multifarious and diverse guest list is planned.

The queen’s mirror is asked again who is the fairest in the land and it responds, “You are fair my Queen, tis true, but Snow White is  a thousand times fairer than you!”  Never one to miss a grandiose event, the disgruntled queen attends the wedding, that is unbeknown to her, for the prince and Snow White.  The other guests show their disapproval that the queen impugned Snow White.  While there she is ostracized for being a demagogue and as atonement for her wrong-doing, is made to wear hot, iron shoes and dance until she dies.

And Snow White and the prince lived happily ever after. . .

THE END

for more (non-Disney) fairytales

http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1VofBE/thatguywiththeglasses.com/articles/sand/13761-t10odf

 

Breaking Down Issue Topics + GRE Study

29 Apr

1.

+Being a parent is imperative to understanding humanity.

-However life without a child can be just as meaningful and enriching.

-A full life can be realized without raising children–just look at Oprah’s success and philanthropy.

-People who do not have children have greater freedom to expand their horizons and fulfill meaningful aspirations.

2.

+The introduction of the internet has made libraries antediluvian and unnecessary.

-Though the internet has provided a plethora of easily accessible information, libraries are still an important resource for scholarly materials.  Address the research and the use of land

-The internet is widely available and simple to use, but this advantage can be its downfall because the information gleaned from the computer is not always complete or accurate.

-Demolishing libraries in favor of more efficient public purposes would be a tragedy, because not only does it destroy a n important part of our history, it would take away materials not found elsewhere and librarians ready to help find the appropriate books.

3.

9:55 AM

+Studying noncontmporary forms of expression is unnecessary.

-It is important to understand noncontemporary subject matter to gain perspective on current themes.

-Current art, philosophy, and literature draws on past works so it is important to study the past.  And there is no evidence these items are antiquated–where would we draw the line between old and new?

-An appreciation for culture is inchoate when students study the way things used to be.

-Noncontemporary items have impacted the world in more ways then we realize, so it is imperative to know these so we can look to the future in an enlightened way.

10:03 AM (8 min)

4.

10:03 AM

+American patriotism is best expressed by the phrase, “Any means necessary.”  Not the best topic to choose, b/c it features no points to agree with or refute.

-Liberal-minded citizens that believe in compromise and compassion are just as patriotic as those who are jingoists.

-The impassioned cry of, “any means necessary” implies a bellicose point of view that is aggressive in nature, which does not equate with love for the United States.

-America is recognized for our broad views and acceptance of everyone, and taking such a drastic approach to running the country is detrimental to those important values.  Freedom is a tenant of America and this view violates it.

-In taking such a hard stance, these self-proclaimed patriots marginalize those who are not as zealous, and that is not what America is all about.

10:14 AM (11 min)