Bettelheim_life - Warning Concerning Copyright Restrictions The Copyright law of the United States(Title 17 United States Code governs the making

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Warning Concerning Copyright Restrictions The Copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyright material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction not be "used for any purposes other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.
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LIFE DIVINED FROM THE INSIDE "Little Red Riding Hood was my first love. I felt that if I could have married Little Red Riding Hood, I should have known perfect bliss." This statement by Charles Dickens indicates that he, like untold mil- lions of children all over the world throughout the ages, was en- chanted by fairy tales. Even when world-famous, Dickens acknowl- edged the deep formative impact that the wondrous figures and events of fairy tales had had on him and his creative genius. He repeatedly expressed scorn for those who, motivated by an unin- formed and petty rationality, insisted on rationalizing, bowdlerizing, or outlawing these stories, and thus robbed children ofthe important contributions fairy tales could make to their lives. Dickens understood that the imagery offairy tales helps children better than anything else in their most difficult and yet most important and satisfying task: achieving a more mature consciousness to civilize the chaotic pres- sures of their unconscious. 1 Today, as in the past, the minds ofboth creative and average children can be opened to an appreciation of all the higher things in life by fairy tales, from which they can move easily to enjoying the greatest works of literature and art. The poet Louis MacNeice, for example, tells that "Real fairy stories always meant much to me as a person, even when I was at a public school where to admit this meant losing face. Contrary to what many people say even now, a fairy story, at least of the classical folk variety, is a much more solid affair than the average naturalistic novel, whose hooks go little deeper than a gossip column. From folk tales and sophisticated fairy tales such as Hans Andersen's or Norse mythology and stories like the Alice books and Water Babies I graduated, at about the age of twelve, to the Faerie
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THE USES OF ENCHANTMENT Life Divined from the Inside Queene. "2 Literary critics such as G. K. Chesterton and C. S. Lewis felt that fairy stories are "spiritual exploration§" and hence "the most life-like"since they reveal "human life as seen, or felt, or divined from the inside."3 Fairy tales, unlike any other form of literature, direct the child to discover his identity and calling, and they also suggest what experi- ences are needed to develop his character further. Fairy tales inti- mate that a rewarding, good life is within one's reach despite adver-
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2009 for the course GER 250 taught by Professor Jenkins during the Fall '08 term at University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

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