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Motifs In Alice Munro's Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Marriage

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In Alice Munro’s “Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage” (HF), readers are faced with a plain character named Johanna that starts a new life with an attractive man named Ken. HF is a modern version of Ashputtle (Cinderella) as it shares the same motifs. These common motifs are the persecuted heroin, the magical help, the meeting of a prince, the proof of identity of the heroin, the marriage with a prince and the moral of the story.

To begin with, the first motif in a “Cinderella” story is the victimized heroin. In Ashputtle, the main character is very plain is mistreated by her stepsisters.
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