Bruno Bettelheim book The Uses of Enchantment. The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales revd. The Uses of Enchantment has ratings and reviews. I had to read Bruno Bettelheim’s The Uses of Enchantment many years ago for a university- level. The Uses of Bettelheim’s. The Uses of Enchantment. Late last winter Dr. Bruno Bettelheim spoke to a large and appreciative audi- ence at the CATE (California.

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The snake in the Garden of Eden, incidentally, is also a penis. It’s as dry as a piece of old toast. On the other hand, the Freudian interpretations did allow for some serious lulz, as did the author’s many asides on how stupid people are to hate fairy tales and refuse to read them to their children when did this happen?

People are kings and queens or dirt poor. Good people need to be rewarded, bad people need to be punished. 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 how they are absorbed by children.

The Uses of Enchantment

Unfortunately, as he gets into the nitty gritty of looki Bettelheim’s Uses of Enchantment is one of those classic pieces of criticism that are both absolutely essential and hopelessly outdated. The frog in that tale being a metaphor for a penis – it actually makes a lot of sense, in context. Until then, I have been blissfully unaware of the psychological depth of fairy tales and how a lot of major literary works are inspired by them.


Buy the selected items together This item: Bettelheim certainly didn’t hold to the Reader’s Response theory of literary criticism; it was the Freud way or no way.

Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Bettleheim, he writes, “Psychoanalysis was created to enchaantment man to accept the problematic usew of life without being defeated by it, or giving in to escapism. Feb 13, Jason rated it liked it. The first, “A Pocketful of Magic,” outlines Bettelheim’s thoughts on the value of fairy tales for children. Many times, I am not sure whether it came out of my own brain or if it came from somewhere else. Long time since I tried weaving a tale.

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

Perrault did not accept the fairy tale as an equal to the classics, but of course he was a 17th century academic, and he also defended fairy tales, their writers, and the common language against other academics of enchantemnt time. In other words, the fairy tale can present models for behaviour, providing meaning and value to our lives. From Bettleheim’s point of view, the fairy tale is a “manifold form” that communicates to the child, educates them, against life’s vagaries and realities, which are the unavoidable aspects of our existence.

And that would be a real pity.

While I did enjoy some of the historical information regarding the origin of various fairy tales, this is not a book that I enjoyed or would recommend. Just don’t stop there – go on to other fairy tale scholars Jack Zipes is another big one, with an entirely different approachand find different readings of the tales. But the annoying thing is, every once in a while, this crazyhead says something strangely apt.


For what it wants to do, it succeeds. Bad people are BAD. View th 3 comments.

Amazon Rapids Enchqntment stories for kids on the go. We are not alone in our nightmares or in our desires. Bettleheim Jack asks his mother to get the ax and chop down the beanstalk, that’s Jack actually asking his mother to chop off his father’s penis. Bettelheim does a remarkable job in driving these points home. This was the first book which assured me that my enduring interest in fairy tales was scholarly and not something to be scoffed at as juvenile.

But fairy tales are a safe place where such guilty secrets can by played with and learnt from. But this is also a story of sibling rivalry; the ugly stepsisters that have ultimate power over Cinderella and who she must degrade herself before. If well-meaning people remove the rage and evil from stories, children believe they alone experience these feelings.