Motif Analysis of Oscar Wilde’s Fairy Tales

  • Mehrish Khan MPhil Scholar, ISP, Multan
  • Dr. Zahoor Hussain Lecturer, Department of English, Bahaudin Zakariya Uinversity,Layya Campus, Pakistan.
  • Dr. Muhammad Ahsan Lecturer, Department of English, Ghazi University Dera Ghazi Khan, Pakistan
Keywords: Motifs, Oscar Wilde, Fairy tales, Oral Tradition, Motif Index


The study was aimed to do the motif analysis of Oscar Wilde’s fairy tales as Wilde’s fairy tales got significant weightage in his life and he in fact wrote the fairy tales for his sons. Wilde’s fairy tales had almost the same tinge of imagination and supernatural atmosphere as found in the oral fairy tales and he exquisitely presented the sketch and plot of characters with a tug of war and finally like all other fairy tales meets the happy endings with some didactic lessons. The researchers used Thompson Motif Index as a theoretical framework and trace almost all types of motifs however the motifs of society were found most as compared to the other types of motifs. Through these motifs, he truly reflected the picture of his age and the current study also helped establish Wilde’s fairy tales along with the oral tradition of fairy tales.

How to Cite
Mehrish Khan, Dr. Zahoor Hussain, & Dr. Muhammad Ahsan. (2020). Motif Analysis of Oscar Wilde’s Fairy Tales. Research Journal of Social Sciences and Economics Review, 1(3), 265-273.