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Whether openly stated or only hinted at oedipal difficulties and how theindividual solves them are central to the way his personality and humanrelations fold By camouflaging the oedipal predicaments or by only subtlyintimating the entanglements fairy stories permit us to draw our ownconclusions when the time is propitious for out gaining a better understandingof these problems Fairy stories teach by indirection 201This is an excerpt from Bruno Bettelheims Snow White essay fro the textUses of Enchantment The essay itself describes the sexual and oedipalundertones of the popular fairy tale and how the psychological aspect of thestory is based on human emotions Through this essay I wish to establish myanalytical view on Snow White and reasons why I do not agree with some ofGrowing up fairy tales were a part of my everyday life As a child Id lovedleaning against my fathers arm as he flipped through our familys dusty bluecopy of Grimms Fairy Tales I couldve listened forever to the agelessstories of princesses and elves and all those other magical elements whichwerent a part of the normal human beings life Never did I think that someoneout there in the world was dissecting these beloved stories and making apsychology project out of it And that is exactly what Bruno Bettelheim hasdone Not only has he made a project out of harmless fairy tales he hastriggered a unnatural response from scholars and feminists all over the worldwho come to argue and dissect the stories even moreBruno Bettelheim asserts in The Uses of Enchantment New York Vintage 1989that fairy tales have a psychological function for children in that they gain anunderstanding of nature not through rational comprehension of it but by makingit familiar in imaginative play Bettelheim writes The child can achievethis understanding and with it the ability to cope not through rationalcomprehension of the nature and content of his unconscious but by becomingfamiliar with it through spinning out daydreams--ruminating rearranging andfantasizing about suitable story elements in response
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