Theme Of The Gre's Bride

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Axel Olrik's Epic Laws in The Squire’s Bride

Originally this folktale was collected by Norwegians Asbjørnsen and Moe. This is a tale about a woman (ATU 1440) where tenant promises his daughter to his master against her will in this case father promises his daughter to an old squire. Tale starts with a common tale opening (“There was once“ ) (Torne-Thomsen, 1912). The Axel Olrik’s Epic Law of Opening and Closing scene is pretty obvious. The Squire’s Bride doesn’t have explicated composition. With few sentences we know that there are rich squire and poor man’s daughter, but we don’t get much more details.

The action starts when one day squire sees a girl working in the hayfield and from then on he tries to persuade her to marry him. We see
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The lad runs errands for his master: goes to poor neighbour, then poor neighbour’s daughter, then come back to master with a mare. Next he takes young horse to the room, gets it dressed and then brings it to the squire. So it goes squire > father > daughter.

The Law of Two to a Scene. All dialogues happen with two people talking at one scene. Oldman talking with a girl in a field. Father and rich man talking about the money and the daughter’s hand.
Errand boy talking with the squire, father and his daughter with each face to
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Tale plot sticks to the same direction – squire trying to get married to the poor neighbour’s daughter. The final event which will determinate If squire gets to marry neighbour’s daughter or not. Even it’s mostly talked about how squire trying to get married to this certain girl. She’s only seen 3 times (trying to persuade her in the hayfield, by her own father, meeting lad in the meadow) yet she still hold the most important role in the end.

Law of Single Strand and Law of Unity of Plot. Similar to importance of final position it leads to the same direction, no unnecessary plot lines. All action leads to squire being laughed at by being so ignorant (didn’t listen to girl saying no to marriage or lad when he tried to tell him he was dressing up a mare) and stubborn (didn’t gave up on the neighbour’s girl) and headlong (was rushing to get married).

In this tale we can find quite interesting daughter. She distants herself from any social rules and just takes care of her own destiny. For freedom she fights quite eccentric (says that she won’t marry the squire even if she buried himself in gold). This also bring us to the point of father’s and daughter’s relationship model in the tales. Their patriarchal connection – daughter have to fully submit to father’s authority. She usually is shown as object not as a person. As in The Squire’s Bride with verbal agreement father gives her daughter to unwanted

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