A Comparison of
Rammstein's "Sonne" and the story of Snow White
[KEY] When reading the following, the text that outlines the similarities of both versions will be color coated Purple; the differences will be in the color Green.
After watching the music clip by Rammstein and comparing it to the original story of Snow White I found it especially interesting the simmilarites and differences that arose between both narratives. In both versions I noted the development of the dwarfs (responsible over the mines) as characters in the tale. In the tale of Snow White the dwarfs varied in personality and they were not specifically referred to as 'men' even though they appeared that way. The clip on the other hand portrayed these dwarfs as strong, hefty, built men who were always serious. Both versions also highlighted the importance of the relationship between the dwarfs and Snow White. The level of such a relationship however can be argued. The original story highlights the importance of this relationship by emphasizing the dependence Snow White has on the dwarfs- she relies on them to keep her safe and give her shelter. Whereas in the the clip, both the dwarfs and Snow White appear to be using each other; the dwarfs need her to fulfill their hidden sexual desires and she needs them to satisfy her drug addiction (get high).
Finally, both versions shared the final aspect of the story where Snow White fell into a deep sleep. Rammstein's "Sonne" shows Snow White unconscious after over dosing on drugs. The original story however shows Snow White falling unconcious after eating a poison apple given to her by the evil witch. A Witch that is not even developed as a character in the clip and identified as the center of all evil, is replaced by the uncontrollable need and desire to get high which in the end is what leads Snow White to her demise.
Between the two, the one I enjoyed the most was the original version. Personally i enjoy how the original tells a story, leaves room for the imagination, and makes you ask questions. The clip in my opinion was ultimately uninteresting and lost my attention.