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

Freud’s prescription is that only by struggling courageously against what seems like unwieldy odds can man succeed in wringing meaning out of existence. Retrieved from ” https: And therefore, and for me personally, Bruno Bettelheim is absolutely and no longer in any manner an individual I hruno even remotely academically respect especially since it has also been revealed that Bettelheim was often both physically and verbally abusive to the students he was teaching at his Orthogenic Schooland The Uses of Enchantment will and can from now on only ever be considered a one star book for me, and one to only consider as at best rather majorly enchantmeny and as an example of how NOT to write an academic tome of literary or of any type of analysis.

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And a lot of those words—this says a lot more about me than it might you–I do. Bettlheim Heuscher himself did not consider it a big deal.


Let their imaginations go to work and take them where they need it to go. Bettelheim doesn’t go into it at all. There are a lot more recent interesting books on both fairytale analysis and child development out there.

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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Uses of Enchantment is one of those classic pieces of criticism that are both absolutely essential and hopelessly outdated. Aleksandr Wootton rated it liked it. So okay – this encyantment some interesting and convincing analyses in it.

Bettelheim does a remarkable job in driving these points home. The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales is a valuable tool, to put it mildly.

Their Origin, Meaning, and Usefulnessrev. Now there are fairy tale studies by the dozen, and many are fascinating: The Uses of Enchantment has been cited as an influence in many usfs works that utilise fairy tales in adult terms, including the Catherine Hardwicke film Red Riding Hood and the fantasy horror film Red Kingdom Rising. All you need to do is get the key details of the story from Wikipedia, then you can take it from there.

He also believes the converse — by depriving children of fairy tales, you encahntment them of a strong resource critical to their psychological maturation. Enchantmsnt is one bbruno those old school books that treats Freud’s theories as if they were science.

Bettelheim is clearly knowledgeable and has studied fairy tales for quite some time. He reminds us that Cinderella is a story of Chinese origin — hence the small feet as a sign of ejchantment. I beg to differ: One of the things I really believe is that love is about acceptance of someone else, acceptance of them FOR their scars, not despite them. Some of these issues are constraints of the times–this book was published almost forty years ago now.


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 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.

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Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. View all 8 comments. It has a definite entertainment value, thr, but come on – how can anyone take any of this stuff seriously?

The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales. According to his analysis, most fairy tales boil down to sex Freud! This book is an important stepping-stone on the path of fairy tale scholarship, and should be read for that reason if you’re interested in the subject.

Write a customer review. Get to Know Us. As the book went on, I grew fearful that I had become convinced. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. For some of the fairy tales, there clearly is an Oedipal dimension, especially when the tale involves intensely unhealthy relationships between the child protagonist and the parent of the opposite sex.

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