The Robber Bridegroom Genotype

  • Terence Patrick Murphy


The Robber Bridegroom is one of the most memorable stories in the entire collection of the Brothers Grimm. It is a tale in which a young woman must resist the advances of someone who is intent on killing and eating her. Unlike the 31-function fairy tale, the 29-function structure of The Robber Bridegroom does not end with a marriage but concludes more simply with the survival of the Reluctant Bride and the Punishment by execution of the Robber Bridegroom and his Godless Crew. This 29-function plot structure was entirely overlooked by Propp, even though it follows from his groundbreaking work.


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  1. 1.
    Roman Jakobson and Krystyna Pomorska, Dialogues, 1983, p. 97.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Vladimir Propp, Morphology of the Folktale, 1968, p. 67.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Terence Patrick Murphy
    • 1
  1. 1.Yonsei UniversityKorea

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