The Owl, the Raven, and the Dove: The Religious Meaning of the Grimms' Magic Fairy Tales

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The fairy tales collected by the brothers Grimm are among the best known and most widely-read stories in western literature. In recent years commentators such as Bruno Bettelheim have, usually from a psychological perspective, pondered the underlying meaning of the stories, why children are so enthralled by them, and what effect they have on the developing child. In this book, Ronald Murphy takes five of the best-known tales ("Hansel and Gretel," "Little Red Riding Hood," "Cinderella," "Snow White," and "Sleeping Beauty") and shows that the Grimms saw them as Christian fables. Murphy examines the arguments of previous interpreters of the tales, and demonstrates how they missed the Grimms' intention. His own readings of the five so-called "magical" tales reveal them as the beautiful and inspiring "documents of faith" that the Grimms meant them to be.
Offering an entirely new perspective on these often-analyzed tales, Murphy's book will appeal to those concerned with the moral and religious education of children, to students and scholars of folk literature and children's literature, and to the many general readers who are captivated by fairy tales and their meanings.
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"Fr Ronald Murphy has done the Bothers Grimm a great service. But he has done more than that. He has brought home to us the essientially hospitable nature of the stories."-- The Tablet

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195136074
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/28/2000
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald G. Murphy is Professor of German at Georgetown University.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2013

    Great read!

    My uncle wrote this book and he taught me so much about my religion i didnt know. I say read this book because you will learn different things about religion hidden in the grimms farytales

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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