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Snow White and the Seven Deadly Sins

Snow White and the Seven Deadly Sins

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Amazing Review of the Poem "Snow White and..."
Great Analysis with in-depth biblical allusions.
Amazing Review of the Poem "Snow White and..."
Great Analysis with in-depth biblical allusions.

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Diana Ciuca
Per. 3 AP LIT
Snow White and the Seven Deadly Sins
Author R.S. Gwynn appropriated a popular story turned movie, Snow White and theSeven Dwarfs to create a poem about a woman plagued with the sins of daily life. The protagonist, simply referred to as a "good Catholic girl" (line 1), is antagonized by "the Seven"(line 9) which refers to the Seven Deadly Sins. Each lay waste to her life in various ways, whichculminates at her final escape. The poem parallels certain events portrayed in Disney's fairy-tale.In, Snow White and the Seven Deadly Sins, Gwynn utilizes diction, personification throughimagery, and allusions to depict how society and its sin inevitably affect those who, despite their  best efforts, try to live in virtue.Through delicately chosen words, Gwynn connotes the hidden meaning that maincharacter is haunted by the seven sins. Her work (which stands for one of the Seven Virtues,temperance and humility) was her refuge (line 4). This shows her devotion and regression towork in times of desperation. The author mocks her troubles in the second stanza. The stanza begins with a conditional “if…, (then)…” statement as if it was only a precaution. The answer toher worries was simple, since the protagonist was “instantly referred” (line 7) to Biblical text. Instanza 3, the author underlines the accumulation of sin through line 9: “…more sinful everyday.” As these sins have their fun (don their horns, mingle), she grays and pales (line 27) todepict how these sins have impacted her. Finally, the author’s sarcastic tone arises in the finaltwo stanzas. Gwynn’s choice of “of course” and “what else?” confirms the theme that these sinsare unenviable. Through diction and casual language, the author highlights the effects of theseven deadly sins.
Furthermore, the sins’ names are capitalized as they are given certain actions whichaccentuate their corruption. The Seven, all “grab[bed] their pitchforks, don[ned] their horns andsped to contravene the hopes of heaven” (lines 10-11). This line details the devastation about tooccur and stresses the fact that these sins act vividly in the life of the main character. Other dirtydeeds commited by these sins are emphasized through imagery. Pride has smeared prints of lipson the mirror (line14) while Lust lays magazines around the room Other disaster is caused byGluttony (line 17), Avarice (18), and Sloth (23) making messes on tables and leaving socks onthe floors, respectively. Imagery caused by her kneeling or the car door slamming are referencesthat the main character goes through agony yet leads an average, simple life. Her character issupposed to cause the reader to assimilate and find themselves in the same position, affected bythe sins of life in similar ways.Gwynn's most powerfully interweaved allusions throughout his poem. The Catholic Church'sancient Seven Deadly Sins are the most prominent allusions mentioned. Pride (line 13) refers tothe excessive love of one's self. Lust (line 15) and it's devices allude to excessive sexual thoughtsor desires. In line 17, Gluttony stands for over-consumption and over-indulgence, hence thewaste which "covered half the table." Greed, another deadly sin, is stated in the poem as Avarice(line 18), which is the sin of excess material goods. This contrasts the next deadly sin, Envy (line20), which deals more with emotions; it is the sin of perceiving oneself as lacking, especially incomparison to others. Sloth (line 23) is seen as the sin of laziness or lack of caring, especiallysince it (Sloth) leaves a mess. Finally, the last sin, Wrath (line 28) is anger shown in the poem asa bruise "beneath her eye." The punishment for these sins was hell, which is pertinent to theauthors purpose since the main character practically lives in her own hell - that is, until sheleaves. Other notable allusions (Bille Blass Label, Gyp's) emphasize the universality of her poemand how it is meant to be applied further than the fairy tale (of Snow White). To further relate the

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