Analysis of ”The Little Mermaid” according to Propp taxonomy:
Propp begins with the problem of classifying and organizing tales. In comparing the functions of tale after tale, he discovers that his total number of functions is 31, and that however a tale may not contain all of them, those that it has, always appears in the same order.
In “The Little Mermaid” we discover that one of the members of the family absents herself from the family, and in this particular tale, she leaves home twice. Once when she is fifteen and she has permission to rise up out of the sea. At that time, she falls in love with the prince, she saves him, and she is always dreaming of going back again. The second one, when she decides to leave behind her life, her family and her world, to live her proper experience, following her feelings.
Little Mermaid is approached with a requirement: if she cannot succeed in making the prince love her, she will die. Her feelings are so deep that she accepts it, she drinks the magical agent given by the witch and she leaves home to become a human dumb.
The heroine is pursued by the shadow of her misfortune when the prince decides to marry another girl and her hearth breaks into pieces since. she knows it is the final for her. When she is dying of sadness, a difficult possibility is presented to her by her sisters. If she wants to be saved, she has to .kill the prince. Although the little mermaid cannot kill him, the task is solved, since her soul is saved because of her correct decision.