Pinocchio; A Story for Children
Hondros College of Nursing
English II (Composition and Literature)
Professor Christine Cavallaro
April 18, 2010
Pinocchio; A Story For Children
Pinocchio is concidered an adventurous tale for children. The original story was first published in 1881 by Carlo Collodi in Italy . Collodi published his masterpiece as a serial story in a children’s weekly paper, Giornale dei bambini, between 1881 and 1883 (Liukkonen, 2008). Collodi wrote the story to be a lively adventure for children and a very adult social critique, attacking poverty and emphasising the importance of education (Liukkonen, 2008). Walt Disney adapted the story in 1940, lightened it up some and proceeded to make a film depicting the story as well. There are many versions of Pinocchio, but this book by The Walt Disney Company was written in third-person omniscient point of view. The narrator tells the story knowing everything about all the characters (DiYanni R. , 2008). He takes the reader inside a character’s consciousness, entering their mind to reveal what they think and feel (DiYanni R. , 2008). This narrative style encourages the reader to empathize with a character in an emotional scene, and reveals character through flashes of insight (DiYanni R. , 2008). I related mostly to Geppetto. I felt his loneliness, his frustration with parenting, his worry when Pinocchio was lost, his compassion and forgiveness for his son, his sorrow for the loss of his son, and his unconditional love. This short story is written for children, so the sentence structure is not complex. Each sentence contains a limited number of words to hold the attention of the appropriate audience (DiYanni R. , 2008). The vocabulary is simple. Children will lose interest if the story is confusing.There is simple and direct dialogue between the characters on every page. This creates an opportunity for the reader, most likely the parent, to make up different voices while telling the story (DiYanni R. , 2008). For example, “Pinocchio, why didn’t you go to school today? asked the Blue Fairy (The Walt Disney Company, 1992). “I---I was kidnapped by a green monster!” Pinocchio lied (The Walt Disney Company, 1992). Another important component to the vocabulary of this story for children is that each sentence in the story contains only one thought. Here are some examples: Pleasure Island was a wonderous place (The Walt Disney Company, 1992). Fountains spouted lemonade (The Walt Disney Company, 1992). Big candy canes and lollipops grew like trees (The Walt Disney Company, 1992). A boy could do whatever he wanted because there were no grown-ups to stop him (The Walt Disney Company, 1992). I especially like this last example because the narrator is trying to convince the child reader that Pleasure Island is a wonderous place and what better way to do so than to populate it with candy trees and depopulate it with grown-ups. The main character in this children’s story is Pinocchio. He is a live puppet made of wood, but looks lovable and cute and he is curious and naïve. He has a thirst for adventure, but a shaky sense of what is right and wrong. He is an easy mark for the con-men of the world and has to beat temptation and learn to become brave, truthful, and unselfish. Only when he proves himself deserving of his father’s love, and of the Blue Fairy’s trust will he become a real boy. Geppetto is a gentle, eccentric, lonely bachelor who sadly wishes he could have a son. He is a woodcarver who works on a puppet he calls Pinocchio and wishes on a star one night for the puppet to come to life. He is thrilled when Pinocchio comes to life, but soon discovers that taking care of the little wooden boy is more trouble than he ever imagined. Geppetto obviously struggles with the responsibilities of parenthood, and seems to become disillusioned with the idea of fatherhood. However, Geppetto cannot hide the unconditional love in his heart for his...
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Liukkonen, P. K. (2008, n.d.). Carlo Collodi. Retrieved April 18, 2010, from Time Search for Books and Writers: http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/collodi.htm
The Walt Disney Company. (1992). Pinocchio. Racine: Wisconsin.
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