The Maturity of Winnie-the-Pooh

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Latkina Veronika
ENG 222- section # 041
David Copeland
14 November 2011

The Maturity of Winnie-The-Pooh

In a series of adventures Winnie-the-Pooh, written by Alan Alexander Milne, Pooh Bear may be seen as a childlike character. While it is obvious that he remains a “child” throughout the book, the progress that he demonstrates should not be left unnoticed. Pooh’s improvement shows that he has progressed to the next stage of a child cognitive development, and the way he has achieved this improvement represents child’s maturity as a slow process that requires considerable life experience and practical learning. This statement can be proved with an analysis of the changes that Pooh applies to his personality. First of all, he switches his initially egocentric perception of the world to sincere concern about other characters’ problems and willingness to help them. Secondly, he learns to admit his mistakes and not to shift his blame onto someone else. Lastly, he progress from the role of the who is in touble to the one of a rescuer and starts using his logic to come up with the practical ideas that benefit other characters. At the beginning of the book, Pooh’s egocentrism reveals the fact that he occupies the early stage of psychological development. However, his further ability to look at the situation from someone else’s point of view rather than his own demonstrates that he has become more mature. Moreover, Pooh stops thinking that everything revolves around him and should bring him benefit, which also indicates that his egocentrism starts fading away. In the beginning, the nature of Pooh’s logical conclusions suggests that his view of the world is completely self-oriented, such as buzz-bees-honey-me and hole-Rabbit-Company-Food and Listening-to-Me-Humming. By suggesting that bees’ only reason for producing honey is to make him satisfied, Pooh shows that his vision of the world is restricted and egocentric. The same perception is demonstrated in his conclusion about Rabbit’s hole, as Pooh does not consider whether Rabbit wants him to be a guest in his house, eat his food, and hum his songs, or not. However, as the events in the book proceed, Pooh starts using his logic in order to help others. For instance, when he learns that Eeyore has lost his tail and decides to help him, Pooh goes to Owl’s to ask for help, as he is aware that “it’s Owl who knows something about something” (Milne 48). Consequently, this shows that Pooh has started using his logic to help his friends, instead of using it to find the benefit for himself. Such a change demonstrates Pooh’s movement from one developmental stage to the other. In addition, the reader may notice that Pooh always seeks for help with the tasks that he cannot accomplish on his own. However, if at the beginning of the book he asks for help for his own benefit, afterwards he seeks assistance in order to help other characters solve their problems. In the first chapter Pooh asks Christopher Robin to borrow him a balloon, so that he can pretend that he is a cloud and steal some honey. He also asks Christopher Robin to run around with the umbrella in order to help him deceiving bees. Even though Pooh seeks for help and finds the right person to help him, he does this only for his own benefit, without thinking about someone else but himself. Sometime later, however, Pooh goes to Owl and asks him to write “A Happy Birthday” on the pot that he wants to give to Eeyore. Just like he has been doing before, Pooh asks others to help him with something that he is unable to accomplish on his own. However in this case, he wants Owl to help him make Eeyore happier; this is a complete opposite to the situation when he has asked Christopher Robin to help him in deceiving bees, thinking of the satisfaction that the process of eating honey brings him. All of the examples discussed earlier demonstrate that Pooh changes the nature of his thoughts,...
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