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German 250 Week 9 Questions About the Grimms’ “Snow White and Rose Red," Tatar pp. 137-155 ("From Nags to  Witches"), Bettelheim pp. 66-73 ("Transformations: The Fantasy of the Wicked Stepmother"),  and the Merseyside Fairy Story Collective's "Snow White"  1.  The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales  (2000) tells us that most psychological approaches to  fairy tales “start with the premise that the stories are symbolic expressions of the human mind  and emotional experience.  According to this view, fairy-tale plots and motifs are not  representations of socio-historical reality, but symbols of inner experience that provide insight  into human behaviour” (404).  How could the plot of the Snow White tales you are reading this  week—plots with elements such as dwarves and poisonous apples--describe “inner experience”?  How, in other words, can we think psychologically about  clearly unrealistic tales? 2. Freud and followers of psychoanalysis (such as Bettelheim) contend that humans have two 
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