A Critique of “ ‘Cinderella’ : A Story of Sibling Rivalry and Oedipal Conflicts by Bruno Bettelheim

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Most children experience agony and hope as they face the struggles of sibling rivalry throughout their childhood. This situation has been experienced by children, who may or may not have siblings, for hundreds of years. Several stories represent this crisis, including the Biblical story of Abel and Cain which was written over 3000 years ago. Abel was forced to be Cain’s ash-brother. Cain developed an intense feeling of jealousy of Abel when his offering to the Lord was rejected while Abel’s was accepted. This caused him great agony, but he wasn't the only one. According to Bruno bettelheim, the fairy tale “Cinderella” encompasses the ideas of sibling rivalry as well as the agonies and hopes that correspond with it. Sibling rivalry,…show more content…
Most children experience agony and hope as they face the struggles of sibling rivalry throughout their childhood. This situation has been experienced by children, who may or may not have siblings, for hundreds of years. Several stories represent this crisis, including the Biblical story of Abel and Cain which was written over 3000 years ago. Abel was forced to be Cain’s ash-brother. Cain developed an intense feeling of jealousy of Abel when his offering to the Lord was rejected while Abel’s was accepted. This caused him great agony, but he wasn't the only one. According to Bruno bettelheim, the fairy tale “Cinderella” encompasses the ideas of sibling rivalry as well as the agonies and hopes that correspond with it. Sibling rivalry, “Cinderella’s” hidden meanings, and the Oedipal period are the focal points of Bettelheim's essay “ ‘Cinderella’ : A Story of Sibling Rivalry and Oedipal Conflicts”’ In his essay “ ‘Cinderella’: A Story of Sibling Rivalry and Oedipal Conflicts”’, 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 he cannot win his parents love and esteem in comparison to his brothers or sisters. In addition he argues that every child feels that he deserves to be degraded at some point in his life. The concept of Oedipal guilt, his last point, has some intriguing details

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