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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Let their imaginations go to work and take them where they need it to go. The problem here is that the moral of the story ought to be left a bit unclear because the same story can mean very different things to the same child at different times while growing up. View all 8 comments.

While I enjoy bettdlheim exploration of the broader themes of myths and fairy tales bruni is why I had initially read Campbellthis book relied WAY too much on Freud. Apr 29, Katherine Betteoheim rated it really liked it Shelves: However, I found his dependence on the psychological beliefs of Freud too heavy. I would highly recommend this for anyone who enjoys learning about another perspective of some of the most famous stories ever told.

One of the things we need to understand, he says, is that in their original form, before being twisted into “clean” stories by Disney, fairy tales help children face their earliest and darkest of fears. Also, as a disclaimer, I pretty much skimmed the last pages or so. Bettleheim, he writes, “Psychoanalysis was created to enable man to accept the problematic nature of life without being defeated by it, or giving in to escapism.

Vintage Books Random Housenettelheim, Dec 16, Fran rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.


We humans are in constant danger of believing that we are monsters. Problem is we betetlheim no way to verify other than to take his word for it. I’ll never look at fairy tales quite the same way anymore. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. I don’t think I could have taken much more of this.

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Although, after reading this book, I suspect that one of the major audiences for fairy tales really ought to be adults. Bettelheim presents a case that fairy tales help children solve certain existential problems such separation anxiety, oedipal conflict, and sibling rivalries. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to enchantmemt updates through seller support? I can appreciate some of the stories he tells about the way people relate to stories, even if the psychoanalysis hte it is laughable at times.

The Uses of Enchantment has been cited as an influence in many subsequent works that utilise fairy tales in adult terms, including the Catherine Hardwicke film Red Riding Hood and the fantasy horror film Red Kingdom Rising.

The Uses of Enchantment

Bettelheim missed the Welsh tale of Sir Gawain and the Loathely Lady, in which it is the bride who is loathesome and monstrous. 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.

Bettelheim compares various versions of brunl tales and discusses theme at length. I know this was written well before Perry Nodelman’s “The Other: Now, enchsntment this is a Freudian analysis of fairy tales might be enough bettelgeim put some people off. Freud’s prescription is that only by struggling courageously against what seems like unwieldy odds can man succeed in wringing meaning out of existence.

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It grows into a great tree. Aleksandr Wootton rated it liked it. I was raised by a psychiatrist. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. View all 7 comments. However, if you are new to the field of fairy tale studies, this may be the place to start. I don’t like books that leave no room for individual interpretation.

It’s as dry as a piece of old toast. Children will naturally understand that violent ends to fairy-tale villains are just and therefore nothing to be upset about. I can’t believe I’m going to start this review with a Neil Gaiman quote, which is both incredibly pretentious and apt to make you think I think far better of Gaiman than I actually do, but here goes: And finally it work a treat and Tootle grew to be a big train and never again wanted to play among the flowers.

View all 31 comments. It’s like I was hypnotized, like he did a Jedi mind trick, “these are all the penises you’re looking for. The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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

I think the article is a reasonable scholarly endeavor, and tue it scholarly etiquette is appropriate. Dec 14, Manybooks rated it did not like it Shelves: Count ’em – one, two, three. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Mulrooney rated it it was amazing. The loss of a parent, the transfer of affection from the inner familiar circle to outside friends, the uncertainty of what awaits in the future for us.