Heart Shaped Diamond
Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.
………..Edgar Allan Poe
Tonight, the new episode of Once Upon A Time was about one of the Seven Dwarfs and his love pains. The Seven Dwarfs are miners of coal and diamonds in the Snow White fairy tale. We all know fairy tales are simply improbable stories, so of course it was unfortunate that the little miner landed coal instead of a diamond. Symbolically, the episode was about darkness and light, which is typical of the series. I love all of the symbols these screen writers incorporate. The episode was riddled with symbolism (as they all are).
The Dreamy episode was about dreams coming true and not coming true. The writers used dark and light to convey the language of dreams. The story was about how Grumpy got his name. His name was Dreamy during the time when the woman he loved told him “you can do anything, as long as you can dream it,” and he believed it. What else would the woman’s name be but Nova right? She was a fairy for God’s sake! In her human form, her name was Astrid, which also has meaning. He smiled for a bit as he basked in the light of love, but quickly submitted to his familiar darkness once he realized his dream was impossible. When he accepts failure, he tells Mary Margaret (Snow White) that he was “just dreaming” anyhow.
Since Dreamy/Grumpy was a miner, he was accustomed to the darkness of the mine. He spent his days mining coal and diamonds to grind into fairy dust. I see coal as a representation of dark and disconnection. I see diamonds as a representation of light and the connection to something precious. Coal and diamonds are both carbon based, with the breathtaking gem coming from a rearrangement of atoms under high pressure and heat. Hum? Sounds a bit like love ha? To the ancient Greeks, the word diamond meant unbreakable. A diamond is also capable of capturing and dispersing light. Can a lump of black coal do that? I think not!!
Maybe the most powerful scene was when Mary Margaret’s (Snow White) candle is blown out. She walks alone, and sad in the dark. She may feel that hope is lost until a friend comes along with a smile, and uses another candle to give light to the darkness. Maybe the lesson in this episode is that when someone takes your light away, you need to relight your candle, and hold on to your dreams. It is a symbolic move from darkness to light.
Since I could write a dissertation about those things which intrigue me, I will keep it simple and look at the symbolism in list form. Following are those symbols I was able to derive from the Dreamy episode…
Symbols of light and connection:
**dreams coming true
**fireflies (nocturnal insects emitting light)
**surface (vs. the mine)
**the name Nova (a nova is the nuclear explosion of a star)
**the name Astrid (the name means beautiful Goddess)
**decorative lights for the Miners’ Day event
Symbols of darkness and disconnection:
**the color of coal (black)
**dreams not coming true
**Leroy (Dreamy/Grumpy) smashing the electrical transformer and taking the lights out
Symbols of flight/freedom, dreaming, and heavenly things:
**the wings of a firefly
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