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Fairy Tales Battelheim

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It appears to be that no matter where a person had lived as a child, everyone has crossed paths with a translation of the more common fairy tales such as Cinderella. Whether it be the sugar coated version made up of happily ever afters for each character involved or the grim version that chopped off toes, this fairy tale has most likely staked its claim on every child’s most memorable childhood experiences. However, not many children were aware at the time of the true meaning that is at the base of the magical kingdoms that were recited and dreamed of. The lessons were subtle and hidden away, just breaking the surface enough to breathe a wise word into the subconscious of children. These lessons spoke of a world they had not yet adjusted to,…show more content…
According to Bettelheim, these stories have been much more than a promise that “the hero is rewarded and the evil person meets his well-deserved fate” (Bettelheim 306). Throughout his article, he unveils the hidden truths scattered throughout them that teaches the viewers more than simply to lift their heads and to smile at what they face. He spots the many little lessons taught throughout and then goes further to show how different children reacted in response to subconsciously picking up on the lessons. One such child used the premise of Rapunzel to help deal with the sudden lack of freedom she felt when a stepmother weaseled her way into her life. By using this story to sustain herself, she avoided the risk of going “badly astray in life” and possibly kept herself from trying to break up her parents’ marriage (Bettelheim 305). This is similar to what Tatar found in her own article when digging further into the meaning of fairy tales. She found that many viewers, such as one David Copperfield, began to subconsciously use “books not merely as consolation but as a way of navigating reality, of figuring out how to survive in the world rules by adults” (Tatar). This discovery has remained consistent throughout both of their observations, and appears to be a solid statement to describe the behavior taken on by the little girl in Bettelheim’s article after finding release and comfort in the telling of Rapunzel. This similar breakthrough in both of their articles just barely skims the surface of the true importance beyond these fairy tales. The true meaning being revealed that they teach children how to face the adult world they will soon be entering
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