Lesson 1 (from Part 1: Chapters 1-7)
In this section, Bettelheim discusses the "Pleasure Principle Versus Reality Principle" and talks about a character's choice between pleasure and reality. Discuss the Principle.
1. Discussion: What is the "Pleasure Principle Versus Reality Principle?" Why does a character often have to choose between pleasure and reality? What about this principle makes fairy tales more or less interesting? Does the use of the principle help or hinder fairy tales? Give examples. How does this principle apply to real life? In what way has the principle affected you? Explain.
2. Choose at least five fairy tales that use this principle. How is the principle illustrated? Is the example subtle or obvious? Write at least three paragraphs on each story explaining the principle and its use.
3. For many reasons children prefer fantastic stories over realistic ones, especially when it allows them to use their imagination. Because imagination is key to...
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