Pinocchio

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Pinocchio
The Adventures of Pinocchio character
Pinocchio.jpg
Original art by Enrico Mazzanti
First appearanceThe Adventures of Pinocchio
Created byCarlo Collodi
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SpeciesPuppet/Human
GenderMale
FamilyMister Geppetto (father)
NationalityItalian
 
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Pinocchio
The Adventures of Pinocchio character
Pinocchio.jpg
Original art by Enrico Mazzanti
First appearanceThe Adventures of Pinocchio
Created byCarlo Collodi
Information
SpeciesPuppet/Human
GenderMale
FamilyMister Geppetto (father)
NationalityItalian

Pinocchio (UK /pɪˈnki/[1] or US /pɪˈnki/; [piˈnɔkkjo]) is a fictional character and the main protagonist of the children's novel The Adventures of Pinocchio (1883), by the Italian writer Carlo Collodi. Carved by a woodcarver named Geppetto in a small Italian village, he was created as a wooden puppet, but dreamed of becoming a real boy. He has also been used as a character who is prone to telling lies and fabricating stories for various reasons.[2] The story has appeared in many adaptations in other mediums. Pinocchio has been called an icon of modern culture, and one of most reimagined characters in the pantheon of children's literature. [3]

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Fictional character biography[edit]

Aspects of Pinocchio's character vary depending on the interpretation, although basic aspects such as his creation as a puppet by Geppetto and the size of his nose changing due to his lies or stress remain present across the various formats.[4]

Pinocchio is known for having a short nose that becomes longer when he is under stress (chapter 3), especially while lying. His clothes are made of flowered paper, his shoes are made of wood and his hat is made of bread (page 16 of Collodi's Le Avventure di Pinocchio). In this, the original tale, Pinocchio exhibits obnoxious, bratty, and selfish traits.

Literary Analysis[edit]

Some literary analysts have described Pinocchio as an epic hero.[5] Like other Western literary heros, such as Gilgamesh and Odysseus, Pinocchio descends into hell. Pinocchio also experiences rebirth through metamorphosis, a motif found in fantasy or speculative literature.

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