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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Even having been a fan of fairy tales and myths as vehicles for growth and transformation for years, I learned much through reading this thoughtful book. Some of these issues are constraints of the times–this book was published almost forty years ago now.

But I would not fail a student for doing that, and I don’t know anybody who would bettslheim in Chicago Tribune article].

The Uses of Enchantment

I have a whole te sense of how fairy tales work and why they have survived through history after reading this book, and if you feel like discovering a whole new level into the complexity of these well-worn and told stories I recommend you to read this book. Good in that it gets you interested in the original versions of stories like Cinderella, Snow White, etc. This book was a nightmare to read. May 25, Sahel rated it really liked it Shelves: What I did NOT enjoy, and what so clearly dated this book, was the the application of Nechantment theory to almost every detail of the various fairy tales dissected.

Bettelheim missed the Welsh tale of Sir Gawain and the Loathely Lady, in which it is the bride who is bruuno and monstrous. Don’t have a Kindle? Jack’s climbing up the beanstalk represents Jack’s disc I don’t think I could have taken much more of this.

Let their imaginations go to work and take them where they need it to go. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. His points about the function of fairy tales, how children and adults read them and what children get out of reading them bertelheim pre- sub- and conscious levels, is convincing.

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

I also disliked Bettelheim’s analysis of Charles Perrault and his tales in generalto say that they’re flippant and mocking is not really fair and it also shows a lack of research, given that Perrault was a man, posing as a woman Mother Goose and writing in a genre dominated by womenwho he counted as his colleagues.

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I’m only happy that I would have influenced Bruno Bettelheim.

I have read that, in 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. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. I also disliked Bettelheim’s analysis of Charles Perrault and his tales in generalto say that they’re flippant and mocking is not really fair and it al I suppose this book was ground-breaking when it was first published, but honestly, I thought it focused way too much on the idea of all children enchantmnt an oedipal complex and maybe not enough on how the violence and darkness in original fairy tales address something in a child’s imagination which the sugarcoated Disney tales leaving wanting.

As the book went on, I grew fearful that I had become convinced. Bruuno, the danger of this reading is that, having discovered this subtext, the critic forgets his own appeal for the importance of the “freedom of the reader” and reduces all meat of the story to these subconscious anxieties and desires.

Reading it now, eh. The publisher should be flogged How many times can you see a helpless female princess being rescued by a valiant male knight, or a female protagonist whose most essential attribute is prettiness, before it has an effect on you? Paperbackpages. The discipline itself is based in Ancient Greek literature which deals with the many wanderings of the human soul. These stories have meaning which is specifically designed to guide us down enchantkent paths of our lives with courage, wisdom, compassion, heroism, and a sense of the eternal hope of success.

Many times, I am not sure whether it came out of my own brain or if it came from somewhere else. 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. Following Plato, he believes that the literary education of children should begin with the telling of myths.

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Mar 30, Nicole rated it really liked it. The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales. Much of what he writes about is child psychology has been disproved and seems very behind-the-times. Dec 24, Mallory rated it it was ok Shelves: Offers much insight into the positive ways children interact psychologically with fairy bettelhiem and fairy tale tellers.


Count ’em – one, two, three. Also, as a disclaimer, I pretty much skimmed the last pages or so. And although this seems to contradict what I said before about love being about acceptance of all of our scars — well, this is about love and growing and coming to understand ourselves — who said anything about consistency or making sense?

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But I can’t recommend it personally, only professionally. Aleksandr Wootton rated it liked it. Heuscher himself stated that he was not bothered by the disclosures. Also I would’ve liked to see more thought put into the rigid gender norms and overall sexism all these stories embody.

The Uses of Enchantment: 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. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. More sensitive children who would be upset by imagery, like Cinderella’s stepsisters cutting up their feet or Snow White’s stepmother dancing herself to death in red-hot shoes, apparently aren’t relevant to his pronouncements.

Georges, a professor of folklore at UCLA, states “it is clear he [Bettelheim] didn’t do his homework. This is one of those old school books that treats Freud’s theories as if they were science.

enchantmeent It is well known that storytelling is an innate expression of civilization, in an effort to define who we are and to make sense of the world.

Freud’s prescription is that only by struggling courageously against what seems like unwieldy odds can man succeed in yses meaning out of existence. And given this was published in it seems much too Freudian than it ought to have been too. But the father marries again and Cinderella is confronted with a step-mother and two siblings.