Children encounter problems with family, life, and love all throughout their younger years and have many questions that may be difficult to answer or discuss. In his essay “The Struggle for Meaning”, Bruno Bettelheim argues that the fairy-tale provides the child with information about death, aging, and poverty and many other issues that the typical “safe” story would never even attempt to conquer (311). By doing this fairy-tales provide the child with a good balance of
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his life. Thus proving that being small does not have anything to do with your brain or your ability to overcome problems.
All of these fairy-tales provide good examples of how children are confronted by basic human predicaments and how they are viewed and solved. Hopefully they help provide the child with answers to the questions they have been wondering or shed a little light on the problems they face in everyday life and situations.