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DIATKINE, René  and  AVRAM, Claude. "As dark as the wood of this frame...".Translated byClaudia Berliner. Rev. bras. psicanál [online]. 2013, vol.47, n.1, pp. 67-79. ISSN 0486-641X.

This article investigates, by means of psychoanalysis, how a fairy tale ("Snow White") enables one, in the same way as a dream, to evoke unconscious fantasies which generate anxieties pertaining to the Oedipus complex, allowing, as such, psychic elaboration. The following questions are taken as starting points: why are children interested in the story? And why are adults moved by it? Taking the symbolism which permeates the story, as well as its shape and specific contents, the battle of life and death, present in he who sees himself as subject of his own desires and respective hallucinatory realizations, is brought to light. Especially when such desires and realizations are directed to the maternal image, as is the case in Snow White.

Keywords : conto de fadas; elaboração psíquica; função narrativa; símbolos; conflito das pulsões de vida e morte; complexo de Édipo.

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