We all loved fairy tales as a child and I am sure many of you like me still love them. For the conversation starter let me first put out a question for you, “why do you love a fairy tale or why do kids love fairy-tale”? For me a fairy tale is a complete entertainer, containing immense drama along with best looking hero and heroine, a heinous villain/witch, the good and evil brawl, dreamy places, a happy ending and the charm of magic. It just came to my mind that what if one day the magic disappear from a fairy-tale; would it still be called a fairy-tale?
So being a writer always on the lookout for such fancy thoughts, I let my imagination loose and it wandered through the kingdom of Snow-white. What you are going to read further is somewhat a more realistic fairy-tale sans magic. Let’s imagine and see will our protagonist be able to survive without having a magic help or would there be less trouble for Snow-white with magic being absent in the scene.
Once upon a time, there was a king and queen ruling over their lovely kingdom, after a while the Queen gave birth to a beautiful princess whose skin was as white as snow. The king and queen named the lovely princess snow-white. While the kingdom rejoiced on the birth of the lovely princess, the fate had something else in its cards, soon after the birth of the princess the queen mother died.
Thinking about the little Snow-white’s need for love and care the King remarried and brought a new queen home. While the new queen was very pretty, she put no efforts in care of Snow-White; despite she hated her immensely for she thought that the princess was more beautiful than her and the king along with the people of kingdom loved snow-white more than her. Her jealousy grew along with the age of Snow-white, as the princess started to look more and more beautiful, kind and charming.
The jealous queen had a magic mirror….errr…
The jealous queen had no one but her jealousy to make her think and do evil things to her little step-daughter. One day she decided to get rid of the girl, she asked one of her trusted servant to take snow-white to the forest and kill her and bring her heart to her as the proof. The servant though didn’t want to, but could not defy his queen. She took the little girl with him to get her a tour around the forest. When they reached into the dense area of the jungle, the servant stopped the carriage to follow the orders of the queen. But the servant impressed by the kind ways of the princess could not kill her, he told the princess about the queen’s orders and asked her to leave the kingdom and make an abode somewhere else to be safe from the queen.
Snow-white left the kingdom and while returning back the servant killed a deer and brought its heart to the queen. The queen overjoyed by the news couldn’t difference between the heart of a deer and a human.
The snow- white then while roaming around in the forest found a tiny cottage; she went inside and weirdly small beds, chairs and tables. Tired by all that happened with her, she fell asleep on one of the tiny beds. After a while 7 dwarfs came into the cottage and found the beautiful snow-white sleeping. They woke her up and asked about her whereabouts. She told them about her tragedies and asked them to let her stay with them in the cottage in exchange of keeping their house and cooking food for them. The dwarfs happily obliged, since then Snow-white and seven dwarfs started to live like a big happy family.
On the other hand, the evil queen unaware about the Snow-white was enjoying the pleasantries of her palace. She took over the reign of the kingdom in her hand as the king was not doing well since the apparent killing of the snow-white. She started to rule the kingdom with the aid of her trusted ministers. In scarcity of any competition, she started doing great for the people of the kingdom along with keeping her own gains in mind. The people eventually realized that she isn’t that evil after all.
While snow-white once got visited by a handsome prince, the prince charmed by the beauty and warm and kindhearted ways of her asked her hand in marriage. The prince and Snow-white got married and moved to the Prince’s kingdom and lived happily ever after.
Both Queen and Snow-white lived happily afar from each other without knowing about each other. So to me at the end it seems like magic is the one who was the culprit of all the unnecessary drama. Without a magic mirror the evil queen didn’t get to know about the survival of snow-white, satisfied with her delusional victory she lead a happy life for herself and her progeny. While the good Snow-white despite knowing the wrongdoings of the queen, forgave her and moved on to lead a happy life with her prince charming. With or without magic, at the end you will find your happy place. Evil or good, it’s you who has to decide how you are going to reach there.
What we learn from this is, if you choose evil, you are the one who is creating troubles for yourself towards your journey to peace. In case you choose good, every struggle that you face is just a step to make you even stronger and close to your goal. My friend Jyoti has written a enchanting modified version of Cindrella’s tale which you must read.