In many respects the two tales are identical. Both involve a pair of lovers, a snake, the Tree of Life, the Apple of Life, and a garden. What’s more, in both tales the snake and the eating of the apple lead to the outcome of the story.
And it’s this sharing of Aphrodite’s “apple of love” that triggers the White-Snake woman's love for the man in the first place, and is partly responsible for the tale’s happy ending: “They cut the Apple of Life in two and ate it together; and then her heart became full of love for him, and they lived in undisturbed happiness to a great age.”
As we all know, for eating that same apple Adam and Eve were consigned to the opposite fate: living in sorrow forever outside the Garden of Bliss.
Not so with the hero in “The White Snake.” In this story, the snake teaches the man how to talk to animals, and it’s this skill that lets him play a large part in helping the story waltz to a happy ending.
In contrast, the Christian story is the opposite: passive males are burned by demonic women who listen to “dumb” animals. The outcome? Pure misery.