Common critical readings of "Snow White" focus on the way in which the story allows child readers to explore their taboo feelings about interfamilial conflict, but in this essay I make a case for a different interpretation. Drawing on the narrative origins, original audience, and publication history of the tale, I argue that the ongoing appeal of "Snow White" is not that it allows young people to work through psychological jealousy for their mother but rather - and much more disturbingly - that it allows the nation's parents the opportunity to indulge in homicidal fantasies toward their children.
Abate, Michelle Ann. ""You Must Kill Her": The Fact and Fantasy of Filicide in "Snow White"." Marvels & Tales 26.2 (2012). Web. <http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/marvels/vol26/iss2/2>.