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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Part of me thinks Bettelheim is pulling our leg, he just has to be, but no – he’s a straight-faced Freudian scholar of the reductive and ridiculous sort, and he’s deadly serious about all of this.

I would not want to disturb his eternal sleep with this. Freud’s prescription is that only by struggling courageously against what seems like unwieldy odds can man succeed in wringing meaning out of existence.

Share your thoughts with other customers. Now if I were just ranking The Uses of Enchantment for its text and only for its text, I would most probably be rating it with a low three stars readable but with some definite potential issues and problems. Orientalism, Colonization, and Children’s Literature,” but holy shit, I just wanted to WALLOP him with that until he agreed to rewrite the book with some consideration to the idea that children aren’t a fucking monolith.

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Enchanntment met this famous man and have always respected his idea about the fairy tale figures and their deeper meaning in the minds of children. I bought this for my daughter in law as she expressed an interest when I told her about it.

View all 5 comments. But I would not fail a student for doing that, and I don’t know anybody who would [ellipses in Chicago Tribune article]. View all 4 comments. He makes a compelling case for how fairy tales help children grow emotionally, and how violence in fairy tales meets certain psychological needs and should not necessarily be sanitized for the young reader.

For looking at fairy tales, this is a useful starting place but should be taken as the beginning, not the end of, the conversation. Be the first to ask a question about The Uses of Enchantment.

But the father marries again and Cinderella is confronted with a step-mother and two siblings. 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.

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It is deep, thoughtful, and interesting. Look, this book has historical importance, and I won’t deny that.

He definitely tried to prove HIS point, which was frustrating. Yeah, Disney, what were you thinking taking all the deep, Freudian psychoanalysis out of our fairy tales so I can now no longer achieve self-fulfillment? To ask other readers questions about The Uses of Enchantmentplease sign up.


Segal writes, “It is the disjunction between Bettelheim’s up-to-date approach to fairy tales and his old-fashioned approach to myths that is striking. Making sense of those wanderings, together with the admonition, “Know thyself,” is the aim of psychoanalysis.

The Uses of Enchantment

Of lately–few past decades–fairy tales have gotten a bad reputation, often cited as examples of horrible role models for girls and boys. Don’t have a Kindle? 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.

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A kind of aversion therapy. But I can’t recommend it personally, only professionally. Julius Heuscher himself did not consider it a big deal.