"Snow White is a thousand times fairer than Thee."
- The Magic Mirror
The Magic Mirror is an all-knowing entity in the fairy tale of Snow White in the form of a mirror. The mirror is in most versions an emotionless, featureless mirror which sees and knows everything. It is owned by Snow White's evil stepmother, The Queen, which asks it: "Mirror mirror on the wall who is the fiarest of them all?".
Role in the Fairy TaleEdit
The magic mirror is a magical object that has all wisdom. The magic mirror has all knowledge and is owned by the second and new Queen, Snow White's evil stepmother, who uses it for her own vainity. Every day she ask it obsesivly: "Mirror mirror on the wall who is the fairest of them all?" And every time the mirror answers she is the fairest. However, one day the magic mirror reveals that Princess Snow White, her only and beautiful stepdaughter, has surpassed her in beauty. The magic mirror knows where Snow White is and reveals to the Evil Queen three times that her stepdaughter Snow White is alive. At the end of the fairy tale the Evil Queen, Snow White's evil stepmother, breaks the magic mirror out of anger.
Other versions and analysis Edit
In most versions the Magic Mirror is only a deep voice with no emotion or soul. In the Disney film it was a theather mask in the mirror. In some versions, the magic mirror does have emotion and rebels against the Evil Queen. In the 1997 adaptation "Snow White: A Tale of Terror" the mirror manipulates the Evil Queen, Snow White's evil stepmother, into cruel acts.
The magic mirror symbolises the proces of aging and vanity in the story. It is as well stands for the wicked obsession of a woman's fear of age. A magic mirror is an object that cannot lie. It shows. The other thing it symbolises is that the most important factor of beauty is on the inside.
The voice of the magic mirror over the years have been Mironi Olsen and veteran actor Vincent Price in the 1984 Faerie Tale Theatre adaptation and Julian Chagrin in the 1987 Cannon Movie Tales adaptation and Christopher Mobi in the 2012 film Snow White and the Huntsman among others.