Saturday, March 9, 2013
Blog Post #6: Sonne and Snow White
The music video of "Sonne" by Rammstein made use of the fairy tale Snow White. I had no idea what the lyrics were in English, but it is obvious that the band twisted the fairy tale into something that would relate to their lyrics. There are similarities but many more differences between the actual story of Snow White and the music video representation. While the fairy tale is about Snow White defeating the evil Queen/Stepmother with the help of the dwarfs the music video is about Snow White doing drugs and abusing the dwarfs. One similarity is the portrayal of the dwarfs. The men in the music video were supposed to be the seven dwarfs in Snow White. They were both miners and obviously dwarfs, as they were much smaller than Snow White. Many symbols in the fairy tale also made it into the movie, such as the apple and glass coffin. However, the apples were used differently. In the fairy tale, the apple is what puts Snow White into a deep sleep. In the music video, the apple is what somehow brings Snow White back to life after she dies from a drug overdose(?) and is put in the coffin. Another similarity is that Snow White lives with the dwarfs. In the fairy tale, she cleans their house in order to earn her keep while in the music video, she abuses them and it looks like the dwarfs are the ones that take care of her needs. In both the video and the story, Snow White changes the dwarfs lives, but in different ways. In the story, she lives with them and brings the trouble of the Queen to their doorstep. In the video, she abuses them, which will probably have an effect on them for the rest of their lives. The subject of slavery also appears in the music video and the fairy tale The Young Slave. The girl becomes a slave in the story while the dwarfs seem to also become slave-like for Snow White.
I enjoyed the fairy tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs much more than that music video. I had no idea what was going on in the Rammstein video and how it could even relate to what was being sung. It was also very disturbing and weird. The dwarfs and Snow White were twisted versions of their respective fairy tale characters. The fairy tale is so much better. It is in a format which I enjoy and understand. It has enjoyable characters and a good message. I very much prefer the written story of Snow White than the music video.