Alicante Journal of English Studies / Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses

Violence in the Brothers Grimm's fairy tales: a corpus-based approach

María Alcantud Díaz

DOI: https://doi.org/10.14198/raei.2010.23.10

Abstract

The purpose of this article is to carry out a corpus-based study on the presence of violence in a selection of eight tales by the Grimm's Brothers by looking at the terms which can be said to relate to the semantic field of violence. More specifically, this study will analyse a selection of eight tales in which the frequency of the words cut, dead and blood will be studied in detail. These words have been chosen due to their possible connection to violence after carrying out a quantitative analysis of the frequency of the whole main corpus. My initial hypothesis is that the corpus-based study of those eight tales would support my intuition regarding the high percentage of violence in the Brothers Grimm collection as opposed to the content of violence in a wider variety of texts. The study initially involved the analysis of frequencies of the lexical units in the Brothers' Grimm corpus and, secondly, a comparison of the results obtained in the frequency test to two reference corpora: the British National Corpus and the Cobuild Concordancer. The comparison and its results seem to indicate that there was a higher than average percentage of the use of words related directly or indirectly to violence.

Keywords

Grimm's Brothers; Fairy tales; Violence; Corpus-based study



DOI: https://doi.org/10.14198/raei.2010.23.10

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