Cover of Snow WhiteRobert Coover’s
The Dead Queenis a bildungsroman of the king’s son from The Brothers Grimm’s Snow White. The son struggles the inner conflict of an adolescent seeking to forge a new way of relating to the world.
He expresses repulsion for Snow White’s abnormal response to her stepmother’s bizarre death,her questionable relationship with the dwarves, and his inner need to get involved with such an obviously strange family.
In the end, he shocks all when chooses to create his own life instead of being a character in a story constructed by the queen and his father.