Pinocchio Essay

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Pinocchio

Pinocchio was the embodiment of a dream and the essence of childhood. Geppetto, an elderly
carpenter, desperately wanted a son, but was unable to have one. So, he built himself a
wooden puppet as a substitute for a flesh and blood boy. Lifeless on the shelf, Pinocchio
made a poor substitute until a good fairy bestowed breath upon him. However, this life was
not entirely real; Pinocchio was still made of wood.

Geppetto was thrilled with his good fortune and loved his "boy". Pinocchio however, being
immature and impatient, longed to be a REAL boy. He could, the fairy promised, if he
proved himself worthy.

The remaining story sends Pinocchio on many adventures. From being kidnapped and forced to
perform as a marionette, to being invited to a decadent island of hedonistic pleasures,
fate threw Pinocchio many opportunities to show his worth. He continues to fail however
because he cannot quell his immoral, selfish, immature desires.

The tale of Pinocchio is, in may respects, a classic coming of age story. Blessed (or
cursed, depending on your perspective) with a very vocal conscious, Pinocchio struggles to
grow up in spite of his many obstacles, both internal and external. Pinocchio's conscious
is personified by the character of Jiminy Cricket. Additionally, Pinocchio's moral flaws
are depicted by his nose, which visibly grows whenever he tells a lie.

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