It appears in several different languages and versions, but the most famous version is the story of a beautiful princess (Snow White) whose evil stepmother is jealous of her beauty. She sends a huntsman into the woods with the girl to kill her, but he is unable to carry out his task and allows her to escape. Snow White stumbles upon a cottage in the woods which is the home of seven dwarves – they look after her but the wicked Queen discovers, with the help of her magic mirror, that Snow White is still alive. The Queen attempts to kill Snow White herself three times – firstly, disguised as a peddler she tightens the girl’s corset so much that she can no longer breathe; secondly, disguised as an old woman, she combs her hair with a poisoned comb; thirdly, she gives Snow White a poisoned apple to eat. This attempt appears to work and Snow White is mourned deeply by the dwarves. They place her in a glass coffin in the forest, which is noticed one day by a passing prince. Unable to resist, he kneels to kiss Snow White’s lips, dislodging the piece of poisoned apple from her mouth. She awakes and the two are married, the Queen receives her punishment and the story ends happily ever after.
An adaptation of the story, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the first feature-length animated film to be produced by Walt Disney in 1937 and has since become a cinema classic.