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The fairy tale Inspirations of Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher Short Stories

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Author: Häkki, Mikael1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Faculty of Humanities, English Philology
Format: ebook
Version: published version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 0.3 MB)
Pages: 23
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Language: English
Published: Oulu : M. Häkki, 2019
Publish Date: 2019-05-08
Thesis type: Bachelor's thesis


This study looks at Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher short stories, and how they are inspired by fairy tales. It focuses on categorizing different kinds of fairy tale inspirations in the stories, as well as analysing if the stories themselves are fairy tales. The short stories looked at here are A Grain of Truth, A Little Sacrifice, and The Last Wish. The methodology behind the study is semiotics, and the study also uses Jones’ (2002) definition of fairy tales as an important resource. The three stories looked at here show different levels of inspiration by fairy tales, and two of them seem to be fairy tales while The Last Wish is more clearly a fantasy story with some fairy-tale elements.

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