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Examine one or more fairytales from a psychoanalytic perspective How valid in your view is such an approach when applied to fairytales in general The psychoanalysts view of the fairy tale varies greatly between individuals Tales are to the general public audience a mode of entertainment To the person interested in the hidden meanings and interpretation of the human condition they are vehicles for the distribution of latent content This content can generally be seen to embody both phallic and moralistic features The tales of Sleeping Beauty Briar Rose and Little Red Riding Hood Little Red Cap both illustrate sexual maturity and moral instruction As with all areas of psychology there is room for variance in the interpretation of images and actions There does seem however to have a general consistency in the interpretation of symbols and signs allowing for the stating of perhaps taboo topics in an illustrative manner Tales are said to contain more than meets the eye Initially there is the surface or manifest content presented and taken generally at face value As with Freudian theories regarding dream interpretation this is what is seen as opposed to the hidden latent content It is this constituent that lies open to interpretation depicting what the tale is actually about through symbolic representation Symbols as used in the interpretative sense are objects colours people or scenes that represent the inner moods or occurrences around us or needing to be addressed The argument that is presented regarding the interpretation of these symbols is what are the standards and who sets them Over time there have come to be certain accepted symbols for major themes such as sexuality and fear Erich Fromm writes in his The Forgotten Language that If one fails to grasp the true meaning of the myth one finds oneself confronted with this alternative either the myth isa naive picture of the world and of history and at best a productof imagination orthe manifest
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