Bettelheim Essays

  • Bruno Bettelheim

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    A Response to “The Child’s Need for Magic” Bruno Bettelheim, in his essay “The Child’s Need for Magic”, states that although fairy tales and myths help children understand the world on their own terms, children have more empathy with fairy tales due to children’s animistic thinking that they were born with. After reading Bruno Bettelheim’s essay, I was intrigued by Bettelheim’s view that fairy tales give more empathy for children to understand the world on their own terms than myths do. Myths and

  • Bettelheim and the Psychology of Children

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    Bettelheim and the Psychology of Children As one of the most controversial nonfiction writers of the 20th century, Bruno Bettelheim studied and developed theories of the effects of fairy tales on the mind of children. Bettelheim, a renowned child psychologist and a controversial writer of treatments of autism, stirred controversy through his life, especially through his famous “refrigerator mother” theory of the development of autism in children. However, he is mostly connected with his book The

  • Bruno Bettelheim: Disturbed, Debunked, Defamed

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    Bruno Bettelheim, Austrian-American psychologist and author, devoted the large part of his life to studying human development—most notably the individual’s early growth, response to trauma, and long-term effects of various forms of repression upon the natural ego. His was the foremost scientific mind in child psychology of the post-World War II era, and his extensive theories regarding the power of fairy tales to provide insight into the “inner life of children” suggest that fairy tales confront

  • The Ignored Lessons of Anne Frank

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    family. Bettelheim claims he is not criticizing Mr. Frank, he just wants his readers to reexamine the way we read history. In his essay, Bettelheim concinced me that we, as readers should look again at the text and realize all the possibilities that the Franks had. In the essay, the author points out that most of the other Jewish families who did decide to go into hiding did so separately, so if one family member were to get caught, the others still might have a chance. As Bettelheim points out

  • Bruno Bettelheim's Criticism of The Frank Family

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    Anne Frank," the author Bruno Bettelheim, distributes a different point of view on the Frank family. Bruno Bettelheim came to the United States in 1939 after spending a year in the concentration camps in Buchenwald and Dachau. He then spent the rest of his career working at the University of Chicago. Although in his essay Bruno Bettelheim says his intention is not to put down the Frank family, the majority of his essay shows him criticizing the Franks. Bettelheim states that the Frank family did

  • definition paper

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    discover their identity and suggest experiences needed to develop their character. In Bruno Bettelheim’s “Life Divined from the Inside” Bettelheim states that “Fairy Tales intimate that a rewarding, good life is within one’s reach despite adversity-but only if one does not shy away from the hazardous struggles without which one can never achieve true identity (Bettelheim 106). Anne Sexton’s “Cinderella” is a perfect example of Bettelheim’s definition of a Fairy Tale. The story of Cinderella is a classic

  • Envy of the Procreative Power of Women in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

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    reveals a pattern of womb envy and an attempt to master it on the part of Hawthorne. The concept of womb envy-- envy of the procreative power of women (Kittay 126)-- has been virtually ignored by both psychoanalysts and literary critics since Bruno Bettelheim first introduced the idea. Though intended as a supplement to the concepts of penis envy and the Oedipal complex developed by Freud, womb envy has not generated the attention that penis envy has. This may in part be due to Freud's interpretation

  • Bruno Bettelheim Analysis

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    Growing up watching fairy tales stories did not really have a meaning to me at first. As a child, I remember seeing them only as cartoons. From the Uses of Enchantment, by Bruno Bettelheim, he stated: “A child needs a moral education, not through abstract implication only, conveys to him the advantages of moral behavior, not through abstract ethical concepts but through that which seems tangibly right and therefore meaningful to him. The child finds this kind of meaning through fairy tales”. I find

  • Bruno Bettelheim's Fairy Tale Insight

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    and magical charm, but they captivate the child by involving relatable characters with recognizable problems. While these stories provide mind-churning imagination, the lesson they provide does not cease to exist when the book is closed. Bruno Bettelheim, the author of Uses of Enchantment, has constructed an evaluation that fairy tale’s offer insight to the child’s psychological life. He believes such literature depicts underline meaning to ways in which the child develops and deals with real life

  • Fairy Tales Have a Negative Impact on the Development of Children

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    According to Bruno Bettelheim in “The Uses of Enchantment,” he talks about how fairy tales present life's problems to guild children's development. To grow safely into maturity, a child needs to be given guidelines about how to deal with unjust hardships or obstacles they encounter on the way to adulthood. Bettelheim says that fairy tales offer solutions in ways that a child's level can understand. Fairy tales state existential dilemma briefly and pointedly, which permits the children to see the

  • Bruno Bettelheim and Psychosocial Development

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    Bruno Bettelheim and Psychosocial Development The psychological aspect of the human mind is one of the most mysterious and unpredictable entities known to man. Bruno Bettelheim is an Austrian-born American child psychologist and writer that gained international recognition for his blatant views on the psychological development of children. Bettelheim firmly believed that fairy tales contributed to the molding of a child's unconscious and conscious mind, and the child's entire psych as a whole. Furthermore

  • Snow White By Bruno Bettelheim

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    fairy tales are more than basic stories told to enthrall children. Fairy tales and folk stories have followed societies through the ages and still play a consequential part of children’s lives. This essay will utilise psychological theories of Bruno Bettelheim to analyse the effect fairy tales could have on the innocent and receptive minds of youngsters. Through the examination of the popular Grimm fairy tales ‘Snow White’ and ‘Hansel and Gretel’. To begin with,

  • Fairy Tales In Burn Your Maps

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    Katelyn Matroni Professor Torrence English 102 February 12th, 2014 Meaning of Life According to Bruno Bettelheim, in Introduction: The Struggle for Meaning taken from The Uses of Enchantment, the use of fairy tales in a children’s life allows them to deal with their fears in a symbolic way. In order for a story to hold a child’s attention it must “help him to develop his intellect and to clarify his emotions”(263). The use of fairy tales in Burn Your Maps, by Robyn Joy Leff, portrays the subtle

  • Definitions for A Fairy Tale

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    A fairy tale is a made-up story usually designed to mislead involving fantastic forces and beings (as fairies, wizards, and goblins), in which improbable events lead to a happy ending. This is the definition of a fairy tale in the dictionary and the way most of the people perceive fairy tales nowadays. We all heard, watched and read many of them in our childhood and are familiar with most of the existing plots (which keep repeating themselves even in contemporary literature and cinematography). With

  • The Uses of Enchantment by Bruno Bettelheim

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    In "The Uses of Enchantment" writer Bruno Bettelheim states that fairy tales allow children to "find themselves" and "[...] find the other with whom they will be able to live happily ever after" (162); I agree with this because fairy tales present lessons in simple forms to help the child grasp the concepts, present daily life issues and anxieties, and allows children to understand the difference between good and bad. Fairy tales expose life in a fundamental way in which children are able to see

  • Controversial Child Psychologist Bruno Bettelheim

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    Bruno Bettelheim, a child psychologist, was one of the most controversial psychoanalysts in history. Born in Vienna, in 1903, he was sent to a concentration camp, where he released after World War II. He soon traveled to America and became a citizen. In the United States, Bettelheim worked at the University of Chicago as a professor. He also worked with many mentally disturbed children to assist them in daily life. In helping these children, Bettelheim wrote down his findings and published many books

  • Stanley Kubrick's The Shining

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    Stanley Kubrick's The Shining (1980) initially received quite a bit of negative criticism. The film irritated many Stephen King fans (and King himself) because it differed so greatly from the novel. The Shining also disappointed many filmgoers who expected a conventional slasher film. After all, Kubrick said it would be "the scariest horror movie of all time."1 Kubrick's films, however, never fully conform to their respective genres; they transcend generic expectations. In the same way that 2001:

  • The White People 'And Bruno Bettelheims' Use Of Fairy Stories

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    reader is left to ponder the moral of the story. In his essay “On Fairy Stories”, J.R. R Tolkien is wary about the influence of fairy stories and explained that there are many ways to interpret and incorporate the tales into our lives while Bruno Bettelheim author of “Use of Enchantment” believes fairy stories are an essential component

  • Cinderella : A Story of Sibling Rivalry and Oedipal Conflicts, by Bruno Bettelheim

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    sibling rivalry as well as the agonies and hopes that correspond with it. In the essay: “ ‘Cinderella’: A Story of Sibling Rivalry and Oedipal Conflicts”’, Bruno Bettelheim discusses how Cinderella is a story about the difficulties of sibling rivalry and the degraded heroine ending up on top of the siblings that oppressed her. Bettelheim argues that sibling rivalry is created when a child feels that they cannot win their parents love and esteem in comparison to his brothers or sisters. In addition

  • What Is Sibling Rivalry In Cinderella

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    Bruno Bettelheim, author of “’Cinderella: A Story of Sibling Rivalry and Oedipal Conflicts”, writes on the changes and thought processes of a child and how they relate to the timeless character of Cinderella. Bettelheim believes that through the conscious and subconscious thoughts of a child, a child can relate to Cinderella. Bettelheim maintains that a child will relate to the degradation Cinderella feels when in conflict with siblings and parents, also explaining the outcome that arises from such