Can the psychoanalytical perspective explain the timeless nature of the Cinderella tale? A study of the psychoanalytic opinion and the political opposition

Betts, Rowena (2007) Can the psychoanalytical perspective explain the timeless nature of the Cinderella tale? A study of the psychoanalytic opinion and the political opposition. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    By considering the views of psychoanalytical theorists such as Freud, Bettelheim and Jung, my study aims to ascertain whether they can determine the reason why the tale of Cinderella appears timeless. The political perspective argues against these ideas, and it is through Marxists and feminists that I endeavour to discover the criticisms against these works and to determine the reasons why they believe the tales remain so popular. Through research of different versions of the Cinderella tale from around the world, I have been able to decipher which themes are presented in each of the stories and why it is they have survived the test of time where others have not. By researching both perspectives, I have found that a combination of theories, rather than just one, can be used in explaining Cinderella's timelessness. All notions focus mainly on the subconscious effect that the tales have on their readers, and it is generally deemed that this is the fairy tales purpose, before being used for entertainment. As the values of society changes, the views on what is deemed as politically, socially or morally acceptable also vary, resulting in new versions, new ideas and new perspectives.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:13
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/326

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