Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 11, 1976 · Page 93
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 93

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 11, 1976
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Play golf-this summer on the great Cascades Course, the Robert Trent Jones Lower Cascades and the Homestead--three of the finest courses in the country, where Sam Snead is now a member of our pro staff. Rate includes a beautiful room for two, breakfast and dinner daily, plus all the great outdoors and cool mountain air you could want: .. See your travel agent, call or write: HEALING SPHINCS. VIRGINIA TELEPHONE (703) 839-03'..-i SPEAKING OF BOOKS A case for fairy tales "THE USES OF ENCHANTMENT, The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales," by Bruno Bettelheim, Knopf, $12.30 In his latest book. The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tale*, the noted child psychologist Bruno Bettelheim is out to turn the clocks back. He believes traditional folk fairy tales. Such as Cinderella, Little Red Hiding Hood, and The Frog King, are far more valuable to children than modern "realistic" stories. . Therefore he intends in this study to reveal the deep psychological content of fairy tales, and to demonstrate how it aids children in solving certain enduring existential predicaments, most prominent among them separation anxiety, sibling rivalry, and oedipal conflict. His ultimate "hope is that a proper understanding of the unique merits of fairy tales will induce parents and teachers to assign then once again to that central role in the life o f t h e c h i l d t h e y h e l d f o r centuries." Bettelheim's argument didn't require too much elaboration before it had convinced me, at least. One need only read his explications of The Three Feathers, or even The Thrn- Little Pig*, to recall in that timeless symbolic language the classic tales speak. One need only attend to his point that the giants of fairytales simply represent adults, or t h a t frogs often stand for the beastly aspect of sex, to be persuaded that this symbolic language is a universal one. clear to the child in all of us. And one need only consider his defense of the extreme violence and ugly emotions represented in f a i r y tales -- which is t h a t they serve to reflect and defuse what is going on in the child's mind anyway -- to realize how very shortsighted and superficial is the contemporary rationalist's belief that a child ought not to be exposed to such things, because they implant in him or her unmanageable thoughts and feelings. As for the relative merits of clas : sic fairy tales and contemporary children's stories: One need only reflect upon Bettelheim's comparative case histories of children exposed to The Little Engine That Could and Rapumel to understand why he feels the traditional to be so vastly superior to the contemporary. In one case, a child confronting a frustrating task tried reciting the formula. "I think I can I think I can" taught her by the example of The Little Engine. She failed at the task anyway, and what she perceived as a defeat still rankled 20 years later. In contrast, a child whose mother had died and those father had remarried became fixated on Rapunsel and found in the heroine's delivery from the witch symbolic hope that required no "realistic" testing, (Obviously she couldn't attract a liberating prince by letting her hair down out of her window.) The child's "unrealistic fears require unrealistic hopes." concludes Bettelheim. "By comparison with the child's wishes, realistic and limited promises are experienced as deep disappointment, not as consolation. But they are all that a relatively realistic story can offer." In fact, I was so soon persuaded by Bettelheim's thesis that I arrived at his conclusion that fairy tales should be restored as the primary fare in children's reading about a hundred pages before he did. The result was a certain lag in my interest over the last third 01 the book -- a certain impatience with his exhaustive analyses of Hansel and Gretel, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella. But whenever one's attention is. about to stray completely, Bettelheim fetches it back with a provocative passage or two -- such as his footnote on the Walt Disney film of Snow White, in which he observes, "Giving each dwarf a separate name and a distinctive personality -- in the fairy tale they are all identical -- seriously interferes with the unconscious understanding that they symbolize an immature pre-individual form of existence that Snow White must transcend": or the case he tries to make that The Frog King is superior to modern sex education in its "under; standing that the child may find sex: disgusting, and that this viewpoint has an important protective function for the child. .." And no matter how analytical they become, Bettelheim's descriptions of the fairy tales still served to remind me in some obscure way of my childhood experience with them -- or so I'm driven to conclude by the unaccountable waves of fear and elation, hope and disconsolateness, that passed over me as I read The Uses of Enchantment. Come to think of it, this may be the c l i n c h i n g point in Bettelheim's case that the fairy tales, once read, remain fixed in one's deepest unconscious. How else can I explain such a strong emotional response* JC. to Bettelheim's rather dry and theoretical prose? By Christopher Lehmann-Haupt. Mr. Lehmann-Haupt is a staff writer for the New York Times. Fine Bible study text "GETTING INSIDE THE BIBLE," by Herbert H. Lambert; Bethany Press. $4.95 The city editor of a newspaper I once worked for was always imagining fiction plots that offered surprise twists to what he thought 'were overworked themes. One of the plots was about war veteran who carried a bullet in his breast pocket. One day that bullet saved his life when he was hit in the chest by a Bible thrown by a street-corner evangelist. There really are people who throw the Bible at you! Book by book, verse by verse.moral by moral--and sometimes with a veng- ence. If ever there actually was a r e t r e a t the B i b l e in the church it may have bee^a reaction to the incessant pounding. Many well-intentioned folk have not learned that most people like to discover for themselves. Getting Inside the Bible by Herbert H. Lambert, Bethany Press 1976, is a marvelous aid to Bible discovery that comes along at just the right time and in just the right style for the church lay person. There is said to be a renewed interest in Bible study. This book offers a tantalizing invitation to enjoyment of the Bible, coupling with it insights about justice, race, sexism, freedom, environment, and the other highly contemporary issues (which were just as contemporary in Biblical times. It is written in simple, untheolog- ical language. It encourages the reader to determine how deeply and in what manner she or he intends to study, and then suggests helps for people in each of the categories of competence. "The Bible was not written consecutively from Genesis to Revelation, and there is no reason it must be read that way," says the author, who underscores the point by beginning with the tiny book of Philemon in the New Testament, a letter from Paul to a friend, because it's short, interesting and typical of touchy interpersonal relationships. Getting Iniide the Bible izes that Scripture should be en joyed with a constant awareness of what the Bible is saying as a whole, so that our biases and pre-conceptions don't cause us to miss or misinterpret what God is really trying to say. The book offers many Scripture references and contemporary questions with multiple-choice answers for those who want to go to a deeper level of discovery, but in such a way that it is readable, understandable and delightful by itself. It is for those Christians who want to get inside the Bible but may have found some difficulty in doing so. The author Of Getting Inside the ' Bible is a former pastor of First Christian Church. St. Albans. Robert L. Friendly Formerly on the news staff of The Charleston Gazette, Friendly is executive director of the Office of Communication of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Stali\M(t»iifiin: -July //., /.'^ft ^ , ·CHARLESTON. W.VA.-27m

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