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Из „Психоанализа на вълшебните приказки“
From „Psychoanalysis of Fairy-Tales“

Author(s): Bruno Bettelheim
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Language and Literature Studies, Education, Psychology, Applied Linguistics, Studies of Literature, Psycholinguistics, Philology, Theory of Literature
Published by: Софийски университет »Св. Климент Охридски«

Summary/Abstract: Bettelheim writes about the emotional and symbolic importance of fairy tales for children, such as those collected and published by the Grimm Brothers. Bettelheim thought that by engaging with these socially evolved stories, children would go through emotional growth and this would better prepare them for their own future life. The text „The Child’s Need for Magic“, part of the first section „A Pocketful of Magic“, outlines Bettelheim's thoughts on the value of fairy tales for children. The author demonstrates a correspondence between the fairy-tale world and the experience and thinking of children. The second part, „In Fairy Land“ presents psychoanalytical readings of several popular fairy tales. In „Hansel and Gretel“ and „The Sleeping Beauty“ Bettelheim suggested that traditional fairy tales, with the darkness of abandonment, death, witches, and injuries, allowed children to grapple with their fears in remote, symbolic terms. If they could read and interpret these fairy tales in their own way, he believed, they would get a greater sense of meaning and purpose.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 17
  • Page Range: 106-145
  • Page Count: 40
  • Language: Bulgarian