Ever since we saw the video of little Charles with Jessica/Mary at Campbell Farms, I have been trying to figure out what the apple connection may represent. We have seen them many times throughout the show. I am definitely guilty of thinking everything is a clue, so of course my thought was, Is there an underlying theme here?
I go into depth on the parallels of the stories of Adam and Eve and Snow White to Pretty Little Liars.
Before I get to the super significant connections, here are a few times apples have been shown/mentioned in PLL.
The name of the restaurant in Rosewood is Apple Rose Grill:
We see Maya talking to Jason before he picks an apple:
New York City, where the liars find Ali at Fitzgerald theater, is known as the Big Apple. Is this hinting something about Ezra??
Big A / Big Apple (shut up it’s possibly a clue haha!)
Wren tells Spencer that Houdini’s hat trick chair was inspired by an apple crate:
Lucas wore a shirt that said “Nerds love apple pie.”
Emily tries to make an apple flambe
pllsherlock posted this collage of what Talia says to Emily in the kitchen of the Brew
In 6x19 Emily asks Mona:
And of course I need to mention the obvious, apples are most associated with teachers…
EDIT: @s-u-n-s-h-i-n-enshowers made a great point linking apples to Dr. Wren Kingston. “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
Okay on to the really interesting connections…
Apples have significant symbolism throughout religion, history, and media.
The most famous use of an apple is in the biblical story. Adam and Eve were placed in Paradise by God, and told they could eat anything in the Garden of Eden except for the fruit on one tree. The devil, in the form of a snake, taunts Eve to eat the fruit, which she does, and mankind is doomed ever after.
It’s interesting to note that it was the woman who took a bite of the apple. Could this parallel in PLL? Maybe Ali did something wrong, and Charles/A feels like Ali and the Liars need to suffer for it now. Just like God made mankind-specifically WOMEN- suffer for Eve’s indulgence.
Does Charles/A identify as Adam? Having to suffer because of something a woman did, although he did nothing wrong himself? Look at this picture….
There is an apple core on top of the newspaper article about Ali in the garbage. I believe this is significant.This suggests that Ali did something bad and got what she deserved. The eaten apple is a reference to Adam and Eve in my opinion. Ali ‘ate the apple’ and had to suffer/be punished for it.
A different possibility is that Charles was tempted by the devil, ‘bit the apple’ himself and became evil. You can see in the following picture, that Charles has taken a bite of an apple
A has also tried to tempt others to evil….
An apple has been shown on A’s desk a few times:
Who are the Adam and Eve of Rosewood?
We know that Spencer and Melissa used to go apple picking at Campbell Farm as children.
So did Jessica/Mary and this blonde child, who at this point could be anyone but I think it’s Ali.
And remember this weird scene where Spencer is creepily looking at a bowl of apples and other fruit?
As a metaphor, the phrase “Forbidden Fruit” typically refers to any indulgence or pleasure that is considered illegal or immoral, or any object of desire (especially sexual desire) whose appeal results from the knowledge that it should not be obtained.
This reminds me of a few things:
Ali & Ezra’s relationship: He fell for her, but then found out she was only 16 years old
Aria & Ezra’s relationship: They fell in love but he was her high school English teacher.
CeCe & Jason’s relationship: We still don’t know what the truth is here, but if CeCe is really Jason’s sister or cousin, it would be incest.
Jenna & Toby: Jenna was in love with her step brother
Ali bullying/threatening/blackmailing so many people
Interesting use of the apple analogy…
This fairy tale has a lot of similarities to PLL
Aria was dressed to look like Snow White at prom, she even has the red bow in her short hair cut.
The story goes….
Once upon a time a queen sat at a window sewing
and looking at the snow. She pricked her finger with the
needle, and three drops of blood fell upon the snow. She had a little daughter, who was as
white as snow, her lips as red as blood, and her hair was as black as ebony,
and she was therefore called little Snow White. When the child was born, the
After a year had passed, the king took another wife. The new queen was a beautiful woman, but could not bear that anyone
else could surpass her in beauty.
There are a few possible connections that can be made.
Ali is Snow White and her mother Jessica died, and now her evil ‘step mother’ Mary is torturing her
The second Drake child was adopted by someone and treated very badly
I have always felt like the Queen of Hearts could possibly represent the real A, because Mona was holding that card in Radley. Is A the evil Queen who is jealous of Snow White (who could be represented as Ali as she is the one most tortured by A)?
The crown on the Queen’s head looks so similar to the Queen of Hearts costume.
The Queen had a magic looking-glass. She stood in front of it and asked…
Mirror mirror on the wall, whose the fairest one of all?
And the mirror said that she was the most beautiful in the land. But when Snow White grew up she became more and more beautiful than the Queen. One day the mirror told the Queen that Snow White was the most beautiful.
The Queen was shocked and angry. She hated Snow White. Envy and pride grew in her heart like a weed, so that she had no peace day or night.
Who is always shown looking into mirrors?
Was Aria jealous of the attention Ali and the other girls always got? She wanted to be the most beautiful, the most popular? Is she the evil queen?
Or is Mona the Queen?? Remember this scene?
Did Mona want to be the fairest of them all…?
The Queen called a huntsman, and said, “Take the child away into the forest. I will no longer have her in my sight. Kill her, and bring me back her heart as a token.“
The huntsman obeyed, and took her away but when he had drawn his knife, and was about to pierce Snow White’s innocent heart, she began to weep, and begged for her life in exchange for running away into the forest and never returning. Because she was so beautiful ,the huntsman had pity on her and let her go. He killed a pig and took its heart to the Queen as proof that the child was dead.
This has similarities to the twin story. One twin tries to kill the other because of jealousy.
It also is similar to the night Ali went missing. Someone tried to kill her, but she lived and ran away.
It is interesting that the huntsman killed a pig.
Pigs have shown up a few times in PLL
Ali used to call Paige pigskin
A sent “Hefty” Hanna pig cupcakes
There was a dead pig in Wilden’s car trunk, which is a derogatory term for a cop
And we can’t forget about Pigtunia, Aria’s favorite stuffed animal PUPPET…
A once wore a pig mask
Snow White was alone and terrified in the forest. She ran as long as her feet would go until it was almost evening, then she saw a little cottage in the woods and went in to rest.
After Grunwald brought Ali to the hospital, she ran away to the Lost Woods Resort with Mona. The LOST WOODS Resort. To me, this is a direct reference to Snow White, who was LOST in the WOODS until she came across the cottage.
Snow White entered the house and could tell that 7 people lived there. She ate some food and fell asleep. When it was quite dark the owners of the cottage came back. They were seven dwarfs and they saw that someone had been there, for everything was not in the same order in which they had left it.
They woke the sleeping girl, and once she explained that her step-mother had wished to have her killed, the dwarfs agreed that she could live with them in exchange for her doing chores around the house.
This makes me think of the various people who helped Ali stay hidden after that night when everyone thought she was dead.
This also could be a reference to the children’s ward in Radley Sanitarium because before she met the dwarfs, Snow White thought 7 children lived in the house because everything was so small.
The song the dwarfs sing when they are mining for diamonds is “Whistle While We Work.” That song was played in a PLL scene when A was cleaning a switchboard.
After watching, “The Wrath of Khan” last night and finding out that Noel was in the dollhouse and performed psychological torture on Spencer by pouring blood all over her, I wonder if this A ending was of Noel. It would relate to Snow White because Noel used to be one of the ‘dwarfs’ that helped Ali stay hidden, and now he is one of the bad guys.
Back at the castle, the Queen asked her magic looking-glass: “Mirror Mirror on the wall, whose the fairest one of all?”
To her horror, the mirror replied: "Oh, queen, thou art fairest of all I see, But over the hills, where the seven dwarfs dwell, Snow White is still alive and well, And none is so fair as she.”
This relates to A realizing that Ali is in fact alive, and not the dead girl in the grave. So A devises a plan to get her back to Rosewood and kill her once and for all, by putting the liars or ‘dwarfs’ in danger so she would reveal herself and save them. Mona could be the Huntsman in this situation. A told Mona to dispose of Ali, but in exchange for making her beautiful, Mona let Ali run away and hide. I wonder if A forced Mona to be caught and take the fall by going into Radley and then being locked in the Dollhouse.
Furious that Snow White was still alive, the Queen devised a plan.She went into a quite secret, lonely room, where no one ever came, (HER LAIR) and there she made a very poisonous apple.
When the apple was ready, the Queen disguised herself as an old lady and headed to the cottage.
The Queens disguise looks EXACTLY like the A hoodie….
The Queen goes to the cottage when Snow White is alone, and offers her one of the apples, saying that one bite will make all her wishes come true.
This obviously parallels the Adam and Eve Story. The dwarfs warned her not to let anyone in the house or talk to anyone, like God warned Adam and Eve not to eat fruit from the forbidden tree.
Was A offered something from the devil that he/she could not resist? Or is A the devil themselves?!
We have seen A do this in PLL:
At first, Snow White refused, but she could resist no longer, the apple looked so RED (red coat) and delicious, and stretched out her hand and took the poisonous apple. She hardly had a bite of it in her mouth when she fell down dead.
As Snow White falls asleep the Queen proclaims that she is now the fairest of the land. The dwarfs return as the Queen leaves the cottage and chase her by trapping her on a cliff. She tries to roll a boulder over them but before she can do so, lightning strikes the cliff, causing her to fall to her death. As the Queen falls off the cliff, the vultures fly down after her to pick at her remains.
This could parallel Charlotte being on the edge of the belltower and falling to her death.
The dwarfs return to their cottage and find Snow White seemingly dead, being kept in a deathlike slumber by the poison. Unwilling to bury her out of sight in the ground, they instead place her in a glass coffin trimmed with gold in a clearing in the forest.
The Dollhouse could be an analogy of a ‘glass coffin.’ They were constantly watched by A and held captive. This picture of the girls is very similar to Snow White in a death-like sleep.
It could also be an analogy of Ali being in jail, having zero freedom.
A year later, a prince, who had previously met and fallen in love with Snow White, learns of her eternal sleep and visits her coffin. Saddened by her apparent death, he kisses her, which breaks the spell and awakens her. The dwarfs and animals all rejoice as the Prince takes Snow White to his castle.
I will finish this post with this last apple reference:
In “Game On Charles,” Ali gets a phone call from A. She puts the call on speaker and everyone hears a song playing. Toby says, “My mom used to play that song on the piano. It’s called “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree.” These are the lyrics…
I wrote my mother, I wrote my father, And now I’m writing you too. I’m sure of mother, I’m sure of father, And now I want to be sure of you. Don’t sit under the apple tree with anyone else but me, Till I come marching home. Don’t go walking down lovers’ lane with anyone else but me, Till I come marching home. I just got word from a guy who heard From the guy next door to me, That a girl he met just loves to pet, And it fits you to a “T”. So don’t sit under the apple tree with anyone else but me Till I come marching home. Then we’ll go arm in arm, and Sit down under the apple tree, Baby, just you and me, When I come marching home.
Don’t give out with those lips of yours To anyone else but me, Lots of girls on the foreign shores, You’ll have to report to me When you come marching home. Don’t hold anyone on your knee, You better be true to me, You better be true to me, you better be true to me. Don’t hold anyone on your knee, You’re getting the third degree When you come marching home. You’re on your own where there is no phone, And I can’t keep tab on you. Be fair to me, I’ll guarantee This is one thing that I’ll do: I won’t sit under the apple tree with anyone else but you Till you come marching home. I know the apple tree is reserved for you and me, And I’ll be true till you come marching home.
There are some very interesting parallels in that song…
I had so much fun writing this post, I really hope you guys liked it! Thanks for taking the time to read :)
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