We can name the Seven Deadly Sins and the Seven Cardinal Virtues. But how did Walt Disney come to name the Seven Dwarfs?
In dreams and literature, dwarfs may represent personifications of hidden or unconscious forces in the natural world. In the Bible, the word for “dwarf”, which disqualified the descendents of Aaron from offering sacrifices (Lev. 21:20), suggests “withered.”
So the Seven Dwarfs may present humans withered by the play of forces, the existence of which, theyÂ may beÂ unaware. Walt Disney’s final seven names were culled from this list, according to Neal Gabler in Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination:
Hickey (“always hiccoughing at wrong moment”)
Can you identify the seven winning names? Which of these forces have been withering your soul lately?
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