A Critique of “‘Cinderella’: a Story of Sibling Rivalry and Oedipal Conflicts”

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A Critique of “‘Cinderella’: A Story of Sibling Rivalry and Oedipal Conflicts” The classic, world recognized fairy tale, Cinderella, is a story that may seem only to appeal to certain aspects of a juvenile mind. However, Bruno Bettelheim, author of “’Cinderella’: A Story of Sibling Rivalry and Oedipal Conflicts”, delves deeper into the fable. The author argues that the main characters in the story portray the horrific and troubling experiences of sibling rivalry. Not only that, but he also discusses the psychological disturbances that accompany the burdens of being an unappreciated sibling. Using numerous examples and details, Bettelheim is able to create a logical analysis of Cinderella. Focusing most of his claims on the effects of sibling rivalry and how it ascertains to young children in their developmental psychological stages. The author deliberates on a developing topic of sibling rivalry and how it applies to the fairy tale. He believes that the characters in the story have relevance to present day families and their children, in particular, younger siblings. Cinderella herself being, a sibling to awful step-sisters, is forced to be their personal slave, thus starting the rivalry between the characters. Bettelheim connects this to sibling today and how they may feel insignificant compared to their older siblings. This rivalry makes the unappreciated youth yearn for acceptance from his parents, the true source of the rivalry as the author reveals later in the essay. Employing valid, biblical examples of Joseph and his brothers, the author successfully establishes the seriousness of how jealousy can affect siblings in competition for parental affection. Moving past the actual competition for attention, Bettelheim focuses on a more underlined effect of sibling rivalry. The author stresses that eventually, children feel as though they deserve the treatment

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