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Riklin, F. White, W.A. (1914). Wishfulfillment and Symbolism in Fairy Tales. Psychoanal. Rev., 1(3):322-332.

(1914). Psychoanalytic Review, 1(3):322-332


Wishfulfillment and Symbolism in Fairy Tales

Franz Riklin and Wm. A. White, M.D.

Whoever has familiarized himself with dream analysis will easily find the sexual symbolism in this dream.

The long street is a passage in the female genitals. In the same sense there are, for example, slanting, upward opening, roof windows which, through an obstruction are with difficulty accessible (hymen). In a similar dream there came down the steep stairs small, naked, smooth headed boys from the school, homunculi, who signified new-born children, who later would manifestly study like papa!

The stove pipe was also often dreamt of in the same way. Out of it came a rose-red serpent, which was very long. Compare the Russian fairy tale of “The Little Bear,” that will be mentioned in a later chapter. This last dream picture is from a young mother, to whom the time until the arrival of the child seems very long. The serpent is used, as we will see later, as a symbol for the male organ and through which fruit is brought forth; the long time is represented by the length of the serpent. The popular saying is: “At Frau N.'s the oven has fallen down;” that means that Frau N. has given birth.

The portal in the earlier related dream and the mouth in one to be related later belong to dream symbols to be similarly interpreted.

In the forest fire there are two components.

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