“Snow White and the Huntsman” – Revealing the Illusion of Ego versus Reality

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

A little bit different from its cartoon series, this movie “Snow White and The Huntsman” has presented a new form of what it means to watch a fantasy movie that is developed through its mystical and heroic characters. Some of us, especially to those who have read the story of Snow White princess has a new image of Snow White as a princess. I notice that there are similarities and differences between the story told through the cartoon series with this movie: overall plot of the story and slight presentation of the princess, as the fairies of all, and psychological presentation of Ravenna, as the deliciously evil and wicked character in the movie.

When I watched this movie from its beginning to the end, what I had in my mind was that I assumed that I would watch similar story of Snow White as it has been shown on its cartoonic format when I was a little kid. I remember that as a kid, I was told that the story of Snow White is a story of a princess that could speak to the little and tiny creatures, which look like humans, and she ate poisonous apple from the witch. Surprisingly, after I watched this movie, the appearance of two men along with the princess seems to be shocking me in a way that what I know and remember is that the princess was saved by only one man. This man is the prince with a horse. In Snow White and the Huntsman, it seems to me that the new character, the Huntsman, replace the image and representation of the prince with a horse. Again, I remember that the prince who will save the Snow White princess is a prince who loved Snow White. The prince is someone who has not married or even kissed a girl. In this movie, things are shown differently. The one who saved the princess is the huntsman, who seems to be different from being a prince. The huntsman is called by Revanna, the wicked queen, as the drunken bastard and a widower. The huntsman, fortunately, loves her wife so much. Until, the death of his wife brings him into mysery and sadness in life. This situation has been used by Revanna to fool the huntsman to find Snow White.

At that point, the story is similar to the one I still remember. Then, the huntsman follows the paths that Snow White left after escaping herself from the kingdom. Snow White saved herself and eventually came into a dark forest, which I interpret and analyze as the symbol and picture of dreams and fears of the self. Even Snow White also faces the same thing, which is facing the wicked creatures that are only viewable through the lens of self-delusion over the fears. Luckily, what I noticed is when the Huntsman finally met Snow White. He did not give Snow White to the brother of Revanna, but he even protected her after knowing the beauty that she has. It seems that beauty is the weakness of a strong man, but of course, the wise one is the one who could see behind the beauty of her.

When I came into the psychological representation of Snow White, it resembles the state of ignorance and weaknesses. I interpret that at the stage where Snow White has not been “kissed” by the prince is the stage where she was captured by her own self-limitation in terms of what it means to “love”. The scene where the witch could finally almost kill Snow White by appearing herself as William is the stage where I could see how innocent Snow White is; however, please also remember that at this point, it seems like bragging young and lovely female kids into understanding that love means “kissing”. As a matter of fact, what happens to Snow White is that she became weak and died.

At the end of the story, I thought that the one who will save the princess is William because he is the prince. They both played together as kids, except until Snow White’s mother died and her father was murdered by Revanna, who is “destined” to be a queen in her father’s throne. When Snow White is died after eating the poisonous apple for a bite, the Huntsman finally became the one who saved the princess. Again, I thought, “what?” Seriously, is this what happening? Previously, kinds are told that the one who saved the princess is a prince. Now, the one who saved the princess is a widower who happens to love the princess. This picture reminds me of understanding that status is no longer important when it comes to love. It can be a new prince or a widower, does not matter for Snow White. What Snow White wants finally is to become a queen of a kingdom that has been taken by Revanna. Her revenge is finally accomplished.

Overall, to me, Snow White illustrates the different stages of being innocent into being a rebellious one. The language that came to me is the language of “revenge”, “fight”, and “war” after understanding Snow White character. This different stage reminds of the reality that personal development may happen through different stages. Even though Snow White is a princess that is being surrounded with lovely and immense creatures, she depicts the icon of desires and passion at the same time. This form can happen after I view the character through the theory of psychology on literature. On the other side, Revanna, as the wicked one, resembles the icon of “jealousy”, “illusion”, “temptation”, “domination”, “betrayal”, and all other bad stuffs, you name those. However, when I look at this wicked character and her beauty, she is actually a nice person that has been corrupted by her wicked mother and the mirror. The mirror itself represents the idea of knowing the “self”. Everyime Revanna looked at the mirror, she always asks for the “support” for her. Feeling that she is the only one beautiful in the kingdom. I see the mirror aspect as the very influential one in Revanna’s character. The mirror is the one that reflects the inner being of Revanna. She seems to be trapped by her own stigmatized beauty.

I imagine that without the mirror, she would no longer be a bad person because she could hear anything from the mirror. In reality, the mirror itself is the way we see ourselves, don’t we? So, from a very specific point, I see the mirror used by the wicked princess as the medium for us to know that the way we see ourselves in the mirror may not be the same as what others see and view ourselves. The mirror is also revealing the illusion of ego versus reality. What we hear and look from the mirror is basically illusion. If we view ourselves as bad, that would mean we have better chances to compete with others in terms of appearance. If we view ourselves as good, we tend to humiliate others whom we consider as lower than us. Even when Revanna takes a bath, she uses “milk”, which represents as challenging the idea of “viewing ourselves through the water”. Water is pure and clean. That is why she uses “milk” in order to avoid looking at herself through the “water”.

At the end, the way we know others is the way we know ourselves. – Syayid


I recommend you to watch this movie, but if children watch it, make sure that you inform your kids that the story is different from the cartoon, even way so much different. Have a nice Thanksgiving for all Americans, by the way!

Author: Syayid

Syayid Sandi Sukandi is a person who is just like you. He loves to meet new people. He likes to learn new things and opens his horizon to understand how this world works. He is happy to help you when he can. His personal blog is Sparkling Silent Silhouette (https://www.syayidss.com/). He can be contacted at e-mails: syayid@gmail.com or said_sandi@hotmail.com. He has a YouTube channel @Mr.Syayid's Corner. He is active on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You may follow and subscribe to his creativity and works there. Enjoy different perspective and insightful ideas!

3 thoughts on ““Snow White and the Huntsman” – Revealing the Illusion of Ego versus Reality”

  1. That’s a good analysis of Snow White and the Huntsman film, sir 🙂 May I take it as one of my related studies of my thesis? Let me introduce my self. My name is Yoanita, I’m a student of English Department in Airlangga University. I am working for my thesis entitled The representation of female lead characters in SWATH film 🙂 Would you mind if I take it as one of my related studies sir? 🙂


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