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The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales

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  • Posted November 28, 2011

    Good Thinking Book

    If you have ever wondered why we spends years as a child focused on fairytales? Well the answer can be found in The Uses of Enchantment by Bruno Bettelheim. According to Bettelheim, fairytales simplify and exaggerate daily issues like hate and love so a child can understand how to deal with it when they get older. Fairytales also let the child know that they are not alone in what they are going through to comfort the child. Each tale has a moral and a lesson that helps children deal with issues more comfortably by using a third person point of view. For example, an older child who rivals with his or her siblings can see in ¿Cinderella¿ the depressing effects of sibling rivalry and decide for his or her self to be nicer. Each story has a lesson to be learned as there are many life lessons to be learned. Bettelheim¿s major theme is a child who begins to understand these life lessons at an early age can feel more comfortable with the world around them and ultimately be happier in life. I really enjoyed the deep thought Bettelheim put into the book and made me look at fairytales in a different way. However, I disliked his use of intellectual diction that made it difficult to read. I would not recommend this book because of the difficult language makes the book hard to understand. Bettelheim has a plethora of psychiatric analysis books including Truants From Life, A Good Enough Parent, and The Children of the Dream. All of them are extremely fascinating and deep guaranteed to make you think.

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