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Of the various types of mythological literature, fairy tales are the simplest and purest expression of the collective unconscious and thus offers the clearest understanding of the basic patters of the human psyche. Perhaps the foremost authority on the psychological interpretation of fairy tales is Marie-Louise von Franz. In this book, she describes the steps involved in analyzing tales and illustrates them with a variety of European tales, from "Beauty and the Beast" to "The Robbers Bridegroom." Dr. von Franz begins with a history of the study of fairy tales and the various theories of interpretation. by way of illustration she presents a detailed examination of a simple Grimm's tale, "The Three Feathers," followed by a comprehensive discussion of motifs related to Jung's concept of the shadow, the anima, and the animas. This revised edition has been corrected and updated by the author.