On Becoming a Real Human Child: <i>Pinocchio</i>

Vigen Guroian

in Tending the Heart of Virtue

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780195152647
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849192 | DOI:
On Becoming a Real Human Child: Pinocchio

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This chapter discusses issues related to growing up and childrearing. All children want to grow up. In the Disney animation, real boyhood is bestowed on Pinocchio, the protagonist, as a reward for being good by the Blue Fairy with a touch of her magic wand; or because Pinocchio has proven himself brave, truthful, and unselfish. In Disney's imagination this is magic. In theological terms this is righteousness. Children who love their parents, and help them when they are sick and poor, are worthy of praise and love, even if they are not necessarily models of obedience and good behavior.

Keywords: childrearing; Pinocchio; Blue Fairy; Disney; animation; obedience; good behavior

Chapter.  6208 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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