Snow White Summary
Donald Barthelme

Everything you need to understand or teach Snow White by Donald Barthelme.

  • Snow White Summary & Study Guide

Snow White Summary

There are no characters as such in Barthelme's fiction. Instead, there are names, voices, words. The characters in Snow White appear shallow, like the characters in a fairy tale. Even their psychologies seem to be lifted from a basic psychology textbook.Snow White, for example, is an updated urban version of the Grimms' Brothers figure, with more than a dash of the Walt Disney animated version tossed in for intertextual (as opposed to psychological) depth. She is known chiefly by her long black hair, which she likes to hang out the window, by her dissatisfaction, and by her longing to be something more than the "horsewife" she has become in her menage a huit with the seven men with whom she lives and who, she claims, add up to only "two real men."

When not washing the windows, tending the vats of Chinese baby food, or manufacturing plastic...

(read more from the Short Guide)

Study Pack

The Snow White Study Pack contains:

Snow White Short Guide

You might also be interested in: