Finding Pinocchio(2/16/17)

For the first few minutes of class on 2/16/17 we listened to a presentation on the movie Finding Dory, the sequel to Finding Nemo. The presenters talked about how the movie gained massive success in popularity and box office sales. The movie was both praised and criticized for its inclusion of disabled characters. Some of the characters include Nemo who has a small fin, Dory who has short-term memory loss, a whale who can’t use her echolocation, and more. Some people found it inspiring and empowering to people with disabilities while others claimed the movie was using the disabilities to be laughed at. The presentation was very informative and enjoyable. I love both Finding Nemo and Finding Dory so it was interesting to learn more things I didn’t know about the film.

After the film presentation, we broke into groups of two and came up with the actions of the characters in Pinocchio throughout each of the chapters. We then discussed each of the chapters briefly as a class. In chapter 6, we focused on Pinocchio’s emotional feelings versus his physical feelings. Pinocchio has emotions such as fear, however most physical feelings are not noticed. As a class, we pointed out a few inconsistencies with what feelings he has. For example, Pinocchio notices that he is starving but he does not notice his feet being burnt off. Starvation and burning are both physical, yet he notices one and not the other.

In chapter 8, Geppetto makes Pinocchio a new pair of feet after they are burned off. This foreshadows that Pinocchio is going to leave once again and go do his own thing or get into some type of mischief. Pinocchio has been selfish throughout the book and it is expected that he will continue his selfish behavior. The reader is wanting some type of punishment for Pinocchio because they know he will continue to get in trouble, however, this would hinder the progression of the plot.

In chapter 9, Pinocchio is excited to go to school but he hears music and decides to follow it where he finds a puppet show. He sells his only schoolbook to go see this show, which is yet another selfish action of Pinocchio. This selfishness is explained in the book as “to think that poor old Geppetto sat at home… shivering with cold, having sold his coat to buy that little book for this son.” We have already seen countless selfish acts from Pinocchio at this point in the story.

In chapter 11, Pinocchio offers his life in exchange for Harlequin, which Fire Eater thinks is very noble of him so lets him go. Again we see a glimpse of selflessness from Pinocchio. We see something start to change in him. At this point in the book we see that Pinocchio does carry the capacity to care for other people besides himself. Although he is still selfish, we definitely see a change in his behavior with this action. For Pinocchio to offer his own life for the sake of someone else is very notable.

In chapters 14 and 15, Pinocchio ignored the warnings and is found by two assassins. They want his money or his life, so Pinocchio hides the gold he has in his mouth and refuses to speak. He then bites one of the assassins hands and realizes it is a cat paw which leads the reader to consider that the assassins could be the fox and the cat from earlier. Pinocchio runs away and tries to get into a cottage. He does not get let inside because everyone inside is dead, so he gets hung to a tree by the assassins and they say they will come back for him. It is a very hard and intense turn in the story. The class was thrown off by the fact that everyone inside of the house was dead and wasn’t exactly sure what the meaning behind it was. However, we all agreed that chapter 15 has a very harsh and violent atmosphere.

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One thought on “Finding Pinocchio(2/16/17)

  1. I like how you mentioned the presentation we had at the beginning of the class, mainly because I can see how the movie relates to Pinocchio’s adventures. In fact, Pinocchio goes through the same trials and tribulations that both Dory and Nemo face in their respected films. Not only is Pinocchio sometimes hindered by his marionette body (just as Dory struggles with her memory loss and Nemo struggles with his fin), but he also manages to overcome this personal obstacle. Additionally, we have seen from the readings that he is as curious as he is inexperienced. His adventures therefore mimic the same journey that Dory and Nemo undertake. It is a journey into the unknown (or in Pinocchio’s case multiple journeys), yet it creates a lasting impression to establish a moral. Pinocchio has to find himself, making his evolution towards humanity more than just physical. Just like the presentation explained about Dory, we can see Pinocchio as a metaphor for personal growth and understanding.

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