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Bruno Bettelheim, with his thorough academic background and his ability to organize and explain the material, gives us a key piece of the puzzle which has fascinated scholars, theologians, philosophers, poets, writers, and story tellers since the beginnings of our civilization. While parts of this book were interesting and I agree with Bettelheim’s argument as a whole, and I accept that this text is dated by now, I brunp feel that other parts, well, I could have written them myself Bettelheim’s Uses of Enchantment is one of those bettelhdim pieces of criticism that are both absolutely essential bduno hopelessly outdated.

It offers insight into the lasting value bruo these old tales, which were created and have been passed along for reasons far beyond, and infinitely more enriching, than merely entertainment. Sep 13, Nandakishore Varma rated it it was amazing Shelves: Quotes from The Uses of Encha I’ll never look at fairy tales quite the same way anymore.

Problem is we have no way to verify other than to take his word for it. Published April 12th by Vintage first published Good people need to be rewarded, bad people need to be punished. For what it wants to do, it succeeds.


Thomas, publisher, Aprilpages. If that is the case then fairy tales are always relevant to us, no matter what our age. Usees trivia or quizzes yet.

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It would seem that all fairy folk tales as he calls them are telling us on a subconscious level how to grow up to become psychologically mature and have good sex lives. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. vruno

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. Just keep your sense of humor about you, take much of what he says with a grain of salt, and you’ll likely find a few gems in here. The worst, the absolute worst thing a person can do if he or she is interested in analyzing the content of fairy tales is to have this be the only book they ever read on the subject.

The first, “A Pocketful of Magic,” outlines Bettelheim’s thoughts on the value of fairy tales for children.

The Uses of Enchantment

The book uses a Freudian framework, usew you don’t have to believe in a literal id, ego, and superego to appreciate the insight Bettelheim brings to stories and how they are absorbed Recommended for anyone who deals with children Bettelheim was an old-fashioned Freudian psychiatrist — the kind who talked to patients instead of drugging them — and a Holocaust survivor. Bettelheim does a remarkable job in driving these points home. Tootle liked to play with flowers, but it was very important that he been kept on the right track could a metaphor be more laboured?

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The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales by Bruno Bettelheim

What I did NOT enjoy, and what so clearly dated this book, was the the application of Freudian theory to almost every detail of the various fairy tales dissected. Following Plato, he believes that the literary education of children should begin with the telling of myths. Offers much bettelhheim into the positive ways children interact psychologically with fairy tales and fairy tale tellers.


Start reading The Uses of Enchantment on your Kindle in under a minute. Bettelheim believes that fairy tales — brjno focuses on the Grimm brothers’, but any real fairy tale — are terrifically helpful to children as they work through the problems large and small, real or imagined in their lives.

He hates the edited, tidied up, sweet versions of the tales: The number three in fairy tales is always a reference to the penis with its two testicles. In the Winter edition of the peer-reviewed Journal of American FolkloreAlan Dundesthen a bsttelheim veteran in the anthropology department at the University of California, Berkeley, presented a case that Bettelheim had copied key passages from A Psychiatric Study of Myths and Fairy Tales: Also I bettelhemi liked to see more thought put into the rigid gender norms and overall sexism all these stories embody.

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I actually recommend it to all parents. The book uses a Freudian framework, but you don’t have to believe in a literal id, ego, and superego to appreciate the insight Bettelheim brings to stories and brujo they are absorbed by children.