Adaptation In Don Freeman's Corduroy

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The story, Corduroy, written by Don Freeman, published in 1968 is a story that can be interpreted to be about adoption. A bear named Corduroy is for sale in the toy department of a store. He wants badly to be bought and taken home. A little girl comes along and wants to buy him, but her mother says no because Corduroys overalls are missing a button. Sad that he didn’t get taken home on account of his wardrobe, in the middle of the night, Corduroy goes on an adventure in the store to find his missing button. He ends up finding a button attached to a bed and tries to pull it off. The force used to pull off the button knocks the bear off his feet and crashing to the ground. Corduroy is then taken back to his shelf by a security guard who found…show more content…
There is little pattern in the story, but it could be said that there is instance of repetition of one phrase throughout its entirety. There is continuation of “I’ve always wanted,” which can be perceived as intentional, by part of the author. It starts with Lisa saying she’s always wanted a bear in the beginning of the story. After this occurrence, Corduroy’s adventure consists of him saying what he’s always wanted to do like climbing a mountain (which in this case was the escalator), living in a palace (which was the furniture section of the store), sleeping in a bed, having a home, and in the end having a friend. This repetition gives a sense of childlike wonder and innocence. Firstly, the way he repeats the words after Lisa has said them exemplifies how the way a child constantly repeats what they hear; contributing to the association of the toy bear to a child. Secondly, children generally don’t know the names of things and are known to overgeneralize the names of things they’ve heard before. So, by Corduroy calling the escalator a mountain, there is a sense that he is a child experiencing something for the first
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