The Frog Prince Genotype in Pretty Woman (1990)

  • Terence Patrick Murphy


But you might ask, if it is so obvious that Pretty Woman has the same plot genotype as The Frog Prince, why has no one ever said this before? It is a good question, and there is a good answer. The reason that more people don’t see the connection between Pretty Woman and The Frog Prince is because the gender roles of the Hero and Heroine have been reversed. In Pretty Woman, it is Vivian Ward who plays the role of a Frog Princess, while Edward Lewis plays the role of a Reluctant Prince.


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    Vladimir Propp, Morphology of the Folktale, 1968, pp. 71–74.Google Scholar

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  • Terence Patrick Murphy
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  1. 1.Yonsei UniversityKorea

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