Bruno Bettelheim (essay date 1976)
SOURCE:“The Animal-Groom Cycle of Fairy Tales,” in The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales, Alfred A. Knopf, 1986, pp. 277-310.
[In the following excerpt, from a work originally published in 1976, Bettelheim argues that “Bluebeard” teaches lessons about sexual morality and forgiveness, noting that the tale is Perrault's original narrative and not a retelling of a specific prior story.]
Bluebeard is the most monstrous and beastly of all fairy-tale husbands. Actually this story is not a fairy tale, because with the single exception of the indelible blood on the key which gives away the fact that Bluebeard's bride has entered the...
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