Compare and Contrast

Tonya Amos
LCIE Mondays
Kathryn Coker
Compare and Contrast Essay

A Good Boy Turns Bad
  Millions of children and adults have been charmed by the story of the naughty puppet Pinocchio that wanted to become a real boy. Pinocchio is carved by Geppetto, then becomes rebellious against his father, disobedient to the good fairy, victimized at the hands of the deceitful cat and fox, changed into a donkey, rescued his father in the whale, and eventually becomes a real boy.   Most people do not know that there are two versions of Pinocchio. One is the simplified version that Disney has given us, the version most people are familiar with. The other is the real thing, the original.
The character Pinocchio has a different image in the original book by Carlo Collodi. Disney’s Pinocchio is about the mischievous charm of a young boy.   Disney has portrayed Pinocchio as childlike throughout the entire book.   Even though he gets into mischief, the trouble he causes is not very serious. In the Disney film it is inexperience and bad advice rather than selfishness and disobedience that get Pinocchio into trouble. The original story doesn’t start out as the lovable puppet. Instead he is portrayed as a rebellious puppet in need of some harsh discipline.   In Collodi’s original version Pinocchio begins life as a rebellious, inconsiderate, self-centered little boy who disobeys adults and disregards rules, always with dangerous results. Instead of going to school for instance, he sells the schoolbook Geppetto has bought him and buys a ticket to the puppet theater. More examples include when Pinocchio bites off the paw of a cat and spits it out. He also bites off Gepetto's wig causing Gepetto to be arrested. He even kills what appears to be the original Jimminy Cricket early in the story. Another example of Pinocchio’s thoughtless behavior would be when there was nothing to eat in the house but three pears, and Pinocchio thoughtlessly and greedily devours them all leaving Gepetto...