The Frog Prince: Theme & Analysis

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Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

In this lesson, we'll analyze the themes of integrity, persistence, and justice from 'The Frog Prince' as told by the Brothers Grimm. This is the story of a princess who finds her prince in a frog.

Background

Actress Cameron Diaz once said, ''I'd kiss a frog even if there was no promise of a Prince Charming popping out of it. I love frogs.'' Most people, however, don' feel that way.

In The Frog Prince by the Brothers Grimm, the princess enlists the help of a frog to help her retrieve the golden ball that she lost in a well. In exchange, the frog asks for her companionship. The princess tries to back out, but her father forces her to keep her promise.

After taking him to her room, the princess becomes angry and throws the frog against the wall, at which point he's transformed into a prince. The two marry and live happily. Let's examine the themes of this fairytale.

Keep Your Promises

One of the messages that this story sends is the importance of keeping your promises. The princess is reluctant because passing time with a frog does not seem appealing to her, but the king insists. Her father says, ''That which thou hast promised must thou perform.''

The girl is begrudgingly obedient. Evidently father knows best, because if she hadn't kept her promise, she would never have found her prince. It sends the message to the reader that good things happen when you keep your word.

Don't Give Up

Another theme is that of not giving up. After the frog retrieves the princess' golden ball, she runs away. He asks her to slow down, but she doesn't. The frog doesn't reach the castle until the next day. He knocks on the door and cries, ''Youngest King's daughter, open to me! By the well water what promised you me? Youngest King's daughter now open to me!'' Others may have given up when the princess ran away, but the persistent frog makes his way to the castle.

After the princess throws him against the wall and turns the frog into a prince, the prince explains that ''a wicked witch had bound him by her spells, and how no one but she alone could have released him.''

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