All posts tagged: Fairy tales

‘The Red Shoes’ and addiction to ‘stuff’

‘Deeper meaning resides in the fairy tales told to me in my childhood than in the truth that is taught by life.’ (Schiller, The Piccolomini) ‘It is characteristic of fairy tales to state an existential dilemma briefly and pointedly.’ (Bruno Bettelheim, The Uses of Enchantment) That’s enough abstraction on this blog for one week; time to talk about stories – specifically, about fairy stories. Of all the different kinds of stories that remain with us throughout our lives, fairy stories are among the most memorable. Those of you interested in all the reasons why might think of reading Bruno Bettelheim’s The Uses of Enchantment: the meaning and importance of fairy tales. (Another good resource is Marina Warner’s From the Beast to the Blonde: on fairy tales and their tellers.) In essence, it is because they are particularly redolent with archetypes – images that bridge the personal and the universal. These images are like keys: they set our inner lives into motion. In the vehicle of a fairy story they become more than mere images: they become …