Religion Project One
Pinocchio is Disney Animated film that was made in around 1940. This story is about a marionettes quest to becoming a real boy. Pinocchio’s Creator was Geppetto, a carpenter, who fell in love with the outcome of his work and wished upon a star that this marionette he created would become alive. The Blue Fairy is the one responsible for making Geppetto’s wish come true. She gave life to Pinocchio but not as a real boy, instead he was just a living marionette who had to prove he was worthy of becoming a real boy by being brave, truthful, and unselfish. Jiminy Cricket is a representation of Pinocchio’s conscience during his quest to becoming a real boy. Throughout Pinocchio’s journey there are many examples that can be seen as an Initiation. All initiations follow the same basic pattern. They are brought about through a change or development of the self, in this case it would be proving that Pinocchio was good enough to become a real boy. His journey starts once he is given the gift of life and free will by the blue fairy. Its is here where he must learn to be the right person, but like anyone else he must first make mistakes in order to learn from them. One day as he is on his way to school he is approached by Foulfellow the fox and Gideon the cat he is convinced by them to go work for easy money, he is sold to Stromboli the puppeteer show promoter, he is kept there as a slave until one day he is able to escape with the aid of the Blue Fairy. Soon after that Pinocchio is again confronted by Foulfellow the fox, who is able to convince him to go to Pleasure Island a place with no school or laws. Kids can eat, drink, smoke, fight and destroy what they wish, all under the vigilant eye of The Coachman. What Pinocchio doesn’t know is that the more reckless the kids are at Pleasure Island the better because the main purpose of this island is to turn reckless youth into donkeys which will later be exploited by the Coachman to work in a mine. Pinocchio...
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