Psychoanalytic Criticism Of Our Lady's Child

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Psychoanalytic Criticism of Our Lady’s Child Our Lady’s Child, is a Brothers Grimm fairy tale, filled with religious doctrine and teachings of the importance of obedience, repentance, and salvation. The fairy tale begins with a poor woodcutter who has a three year old daughter which he cannot feed. The Virgin Mary appears one day and promise to take care of the young child and thus takes her to live in the kingdom of heaven, where she lives happily until she disobeys the Virgin Mary by misusing the keys of Heaven and opening the thirteenth door of Heaven. Once the Virgin returns, she banishes the young girl from the kingdom of Heaven for disobedience and lying multiple times. The girl wakes up in a forest, unable to speak and is found by a King who takes her home, marries her impregnates her three separate times. Each time the Virgin comes and takes the children away to Heaven until the girl confesses her sin, upon which the Virgin returns the children to her and restores her ability to speak and live a happy life. While this tale appears to be promoting the religious doctrine of salvation through confessing, its underlying message symbolically helps young girls to navigate through the awkward feelings of the Electra Complex and the animalistic sexual desires of the id by using archetypes and symbols to represent these feelings. The fairy tale is laden with many Freudian aspects of the Electra Complex, symbolized by the Virgin Mary, the King, the dark forest, forbidden
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