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Fairy Tales & nursery rhymes. Agents of socialization. Function of Fairy tales. Agent of socialization Bruno Bettelheim, The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning & Importance of Fairy Tales Help children master the problems of growing up, stimulate imaginations to help deal with fears.

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Fairy tales nursery rhymes

Fairy Tales & nursery rhymes

Agents of socialization


Function of fairy tales

Function of Fairy tales

  • Agent of socialization

  • Bruno Bettelheim, The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning & Importance of Fairy Tales

  • Help children master the problems of growing up, stimulate imaginations to help deal with fears


Introduction to real world

Introduction to real world

  • There is evil and virtue, good and bad in everything

  • Difficulties in life are unavoidable, see hero confront evil, and through cleverness or bravery, find a way to triumph

  • See socially acceptable behaviors before they are old enough to grasp moral issues involved


Ring a round the rosie

Ring-A-Round the Rosie

  • Common American versions include:

  • Ring-a-round a rosie,A pocket full of posies,Ashes! Ashes! We all fall down.

  • Common British versions include:

  • Ring-a-ring o' roses,A pocket full of posies,A-tishoo! A-tishoo! We all fall down.


Fairy tales nursery rhymes

  • Jack & Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water…

  • Louis and Marie Antoinette

  • The little old lady who lived in a shoe, She had so many children, she didn’t know what to do….

  • She gave them some broth, without any bread; Then whipped them all soundly, and put them to bed.


Fairy tales nursery rhymes

  • Mary, Mary quite contrary,

  • How does your garden grow?

  • With silver bells and cockle shells

  • And pretty maids all in a row.

  • Bloody Mary, actual graveyard, silver bells and cockle shells=torture devices, pretty maids-original guillotine


Structure content

Structure & content

  • Simplified view of world for child.

  • Fundamental issues presented in either/or format

  • Witch is bad and ugly.

  • Princess kind and beautiful.

  • Prince is brave and strong.


Fairy tales nursery rhymes

  • Love, fear, death, isolation and abandonment themes

  • Confront fears can’t yet verbalize

  • Cinderella: parent death, step-mother, sibling rivalry

  • Disney v. Grimm brothers

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODd9_0qqnQo

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwbjet0zkLI


Analyzing cinderella

Analyzing Cinderella

  • Mastering problems: wished for a different life

  • Introduction to real world: death, problems of wealthy

  • Stimulating imagination: fairy godmother puts magic spell

  • Dealing with fears: parent death, step parent mean, siblings

  • Either/or format: nice and beautiful, sisters mean and ugly

  • Themes: hopeful in face of adversity

  • Possible new meaning: commoner marries Prince, Kate Middleton, step sisters as negative voices within


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