Sheldon Cashdan, Ph.D. | Psychological and Brain Sciences | Univeristy of Massachusetts | Amherst, Massachusetts  U.S.A. 01003 | Tel: 1-413-253-3927

Snow White's secret failing.

Rapunzel's unforgivable sin.

Why Bettelheim didn't get it.

The hidden message in 
The Wizard of Oz.
What accounts for the enduring charm of fairy tales?  Why are generations of children drawn to Snow White, Sleeping
Beauty and Cinderella? The answer is that fairy tales, in addition to being entertaining, perform an important psychological
function. The Witch Must Die demonstrates how fairy tales help children resolve inner struggles between positive and
negative impulses by allowing youngsters to project these struggles onto conflicts between characters in the stories.
Timeless tales such as Cinderella, The Fisherman’s Wife and Hansel and Gretel reveal how fairy tales allow young readers
to confront envy, greed, gluttony and other unwelcome tendencies that children experience in the course of growing up. The
author also illuminates the role played by iconic images like glass slippers, gingerbread houses, and talking mirrors, along
the way exploring why Cinderella’s father is never around when she needs him, why stepmothers are regularly portrayed as
cruel and vindictive, and why the original version of Sleeping Beauty is rarely told.
About the Author
Sheldon Cashdan, Ph.D., is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
He is the author of Abnormal Psychology, Object Relations Therapy, and Emma von N. (a novel)
"Sheldon Cashdan offers a clear-headed and fascinating view of fairy tales and psychology, drawing on tales ranging from Cinderella to The Wizard of Oz to illustrate how these classic tales impact the reader's life."
- Jane Yolen (author of Favorite Folk Tales from Around the World)

"At last, a sensible and sensitive guide that draws adults into the enchanted realm of fairy tales and brings
them back to reality with a renewed respect for these cultural stories."

   - Maria Tatar (author of Off With Their Heads: Fairy Tales and the Culture of Childhood)