Northrop Frye

Topics: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Fairy tale, Pretty Woman Pages: 3 (1271 words) Published: March 18, 2014
In 1964, the literary critic Northrop Frye published a book, titled The Educated Imagination, in which summarized his ideas on the relevance of literature to life and more specifically, the conventions that come with them. Frye establishes the literary forms through the exploration of traditional and modern forms of story telling. The foundation of conventional literature has been told many times throughout history, however it is at the discretion of the author to embellish it with minor outlying details, or content change. Literature can only stem from literature itself. All literature is new, but also recognizable. We can still find these conventions in modern day literature and media. An illustration of the Cinderella story convention is found in the award-winning movie Pretty Woman; the hero’s journey convention is found in the story of Huckleberry Finn in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The movie Pretty Woman is a clear example of a conventional rag to riches Cinderella story. Julia Roberts stars as a prostitute who unintentionally falls into a mutual love with a classy businessman. We are first introduced to Edward, a charming man of high social and economic status, where as Vivian, a beautiful and kind prostitute, is forced to walk Hollywood boulevard at night in order to make some cash. After spending the night with Edward in his very expensive pent house suite he offers her a business proposal of staying with him for the rest of the week to escort him to social events. Vivian goes through her princess transformation when the hotel manager, Bernard, acts as Vivian’s metaphorical fairy godmother by coaching her on dinner etiquette and finds her an extravagant cocktail dress. The fact that Edward and Vivian live in two different worlds seems to be the conflict in the movie when the six days come to an end, so he offers to buy her a condo. She is offended by the offer and says this is not the “fairy tale” that she wanted, and asserts that these...
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