Kiss the Frog

There is a significant difference in how Animal Bridegrooms are treated and seen by their spouses compared to the Animal Brides. In order to prove this claim, I used the AntConc tool in order to pick out patterns throughout my corpus by searching through terms such as “bridegroom” and “husband”. Please select the downward arrow on the far right of the titles to see the results.

I searched “bridegroom” and came up with only 4 results. The term is used along with “bride,” implying that they are both soon to be married. “Bridegroom” appears closer to the beginning of the fairy tales instead of the end.

Concordance Results
Concordance Plot Results

I searched “husband” and, compared to “bridegroom,” it has many results. Its frequent appearance before the conclusion of the fairy tales shows that many stories have human brides marry their beastly husbands before the curse breaks.

Concordance Results
Concordance Plot Results

Analysis of Results:

When looking at the results of the data analysis, it is clear that in Animal Bridegroom stories, especially the older fairy tales and folktales, that the human brides marry their beastly husbands before their human forms are revealed. Often in the fairy tales in my corpus surrounding Animal Bridegrooms, the human brides would be quickly married and whisked away from her home.

Animal Brides, on the other hand, are never truly considered a potential wife until the human grooms witness their transformation into their human forms. Since breaking the curse of the Animal Bridegroom is dependent on the love and success of their human bride, this requires that the bride comes to love and respect them in their wild or monstrous form.

In the end, the human women find their cursed spouses ‚Äúcaptivating in their very beastliness‚ÄĚ by marrying and falling in love with them before witnessing their true, human forms (Warner). In comparison, the human husbands only acknowledge their brides once they are beautiful and fear losing their control over them when their wives reclaim their most direct connection to nature: their animal skins.

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