Essay Snow White The Seven Deadly Sins

After I read that the seven main characters of SpongeBob SquarePants are each meant to represent the seven deadly sins, and after having written a couple of analyses about Hans and rewatching older Disney films again, I wanted to figure out which Disney villains best fit each sin.

I wanted to choose only Disney villains that were animated and the main antagonists of their films. No live action villains, no sidekicks, and no villains that were from direct-to-DVD movies or others from films released by DisneyToon Studios. I just wanted to choose those from the Disney animated canon.

So without further ado, here are my seven choices of Disney animated villains that I think best fits each sin and their quotes that reflect how they fit each respective sin:


Envy: The evil queen of Snow White is the first Disney villain ever created, and among the most evil. She definitely fits the sin of envy so well because of her extreme vanity and insane jealousy over the fact that Snow White is the only one whose beauty surpasses her own. Vainly determined to remain the fairest one of all, she sets out to have Snow White killed to ensure this. After the huntsman tricks her by providing her with the heart of a pig, the queen disguises herself as an ugly old woman in order to visit Snow White at the dwarfs' cottage and eliminate her herself. (Her disguise is an extremely ironic method for her to make sure she remains the fairest one of all.)


Lust: Another one of Disney's darkest villains, judge Claude Frollo best fits the sin of lust. A cruel, prejudiced, and hypocritical judge, Frollo despises gypsies, but develops lust for Esmeralda, due to her beauty. Although he feels shame that his lust is turning him towards sin, he does not see any evil in his past deeds, instead blaming his lust on witchcraft and the devil. After Esmeralda escapes Notre Dame, Frollo ruthlessly hunts Paris for her, arresting and harming innocent people. When he is about to execute her, he offers to spare her life if she becomes his mistress, which she refuses.


Sloth: It was tricky figuring out which villain best fit the sin of sloth, but in the end, I chose Lady Tremaine. While she is jealous of her stepdaughter's beauty much like the evil queen, it is more for the sake of her own daughters, and she does not physically harm Cinderella. Rather, she does it indirectly by forcing Cinderella to do all of the housework, giving her orders and loading her with chore after chore each day while she and her daughters act lazy and do none whatsoever. Such an example is the scene where Lady Tremaine punishes Cinderella with more chores: as she lists them, she is sitting in her bed, stirring and drinking her tea. Even though she says Cinderella can to go to the ball, she keeps giving her more chores so that she will not have time to fix up a dress. This proves that she never wanted Cinderella to attend the ball in the first place.


Wrath: By far one of Disney's most popular villains, Maleficent fits the sin of wrath well. Having declared herself "the mistress of all evil," she is all bad and exhibits nothing but anger and hatred towards others. After not being invited to Aurora's christening, Maleficent takes revenge by putting a curse on her that will cause her death when she turns sixteen. Although the curse is weakened so that Aurora will fall into a deep sleep, Maleficent makes sure that it still happens. Afterwards, she does everything in her power to make sure that Phillip does not get to Aurora, becoming furious when she seems to have failed after doing everything. Thus, she is forced to take him on herself as a dragon.


Pride: Gaston's narcissistic nature is why he best fits the sin of pride. He is extremely vain and egocentric due to his handsome appearance and the fact that he is the most admired man in his village. As shown in the song appropriately named "Gaston," he takes great pride in all of this, especially when people say that no one does something like how Gaston does it, which means that he does it the best. He wants to marry Belle purely for her beauty, and to him, that means she is the best, which he thinks he deserves. By being married to the most beautiful woman in his village, that would only inflate Gaston's pride and ego.


Greed: There is no doubt in my mind that the sin of greed best fits Governor Ratcliffe. This is best shown by his intense craving for gold and desire to be a wealthy man. He leads John Smith and other sailors on an expedition to Virginia to find gold and other riches, but he fails to tell this to his crew since he wants to keep all riches for himself. When he and his crew cannot find any gold around their settlement, Ratcliffe's intense greed makes him believe that the Native Americans have all the gold. To get it from them, he decides to attack the Powhatans and refuses to believe John's claim that there is no gold around the land.


Gluttony: The sin of gluttony seems to connect that of greed well because it includes an excess of something. My choice as the villain to best represent this sin is Cruella De Vil. Although it seems that she fits greed more than gluttony, which usually refers to the excess of food, I chose this one due to her obsession and indulgence with fashion and furs. She even tells Anita that she cannot live without furs. When Cruella learns that Perdita is expecting puppies, she takes an interest, solely because she wants to use their skin to make a new fur coat. She hires Jasper and Horace to steal the puppies and then acquires eighty-four others just so she can have her desired spotted coat. When the puppies escape her mansion, Cruella, along with Horace and Jasper, goes on an obsessive hunt for the puppies, determined to catch and kill them.
 

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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