The Uses of Enchantment | Quote 01487

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Modern stories written for young children mainly avoid…existential problems, although they are crucial issues for all of us. The child needs most particularly to be given suggestions in symbolic form about how he may deal with these issues and grow safely into maturity. “Safe” stories mention neither death nor aging, the limits to our existence, nor the wish for eternal life. The fairy tale, by contrast, confronts the child squarely with the basic human predicaments.

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Bruno Bettelheim

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The Uses of Enchantment

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