Carlo Collodi's Filial Piety In Pinocchio

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In Pinocchio, Carlo Collodi presents an array of relationships Pinocchio has with characters he met on his journey. Two prominent figures Pinocchio encounters the most often is Gepetto and the Fairy. Gepetto, the father figure, is the woodcarver who made Pinocchio out of wood while a spirit, also known as the Fairy, is Pinocchio’s mother figure who decided to take him as her son after helping him several times. With them, Pinocchio goes from Marionette that was full of mischief to a human boy that honors his father and mother. Along similar lines, The Bible provides stories of change brought to people through their parents’ presence. As a child that is susceptible to parents’ authoritative figure, this blind compliance is harder to ask of children…show more content…
This is value that is greatly practiced in Asia. Children are expected to listen to their parents and elders their whole lives and one day are obliged to take care of them. It is like a social hierarchy but specifically within families. In an article written by Sung Kyu-Taik, he asserts that, “Filial piety is a value which espouses mutual respect and love between parents and children, husbands and wives, and siblings”. Filial piety is not only limited to respect between parent and child but also includes respect between siblings, child to aunt and etc. Sung mentions the word “mutual respect” which indicates that as important as it is for a child to respect their parents, their parents must also show respect back. With Pinocchio and The Bible, actions that display filial piety is demonstrated from both ends of the…show more content…
The Fairy forgives Pinocchio time and time again despite Pinocchio’s disregard for her. Consequently from experiencing a near-death situation from drowning, Pinocchio began to see the endless love his maternal figure showers him through forgiveness and her patience with him. After he turns back into a Marionette from a donkey, Pinocchio admits, "She is my mother, and, like all other mothers who love their children, she never loses sight of me, even though I do not deserve it” (Collodi 112). He knows he had taken advantage of the Fairy yet, she does not give up on him because she is his mother and that is demonstration of filial piety. Similarly, in The Bible, there was a parable of the two sons and the father. The youngest son asked his father for his inheritance to leave home and ends up exhausting his funds. From desperation, he goes home to his father for forgiveness and “... his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him”(The Bible, Luke 15:20). This is very noteworthy and noble of the father. Typically, inheritance is passed down to the son when the father passes away. With the youngest son asking the father for his share is almost the same as if he want to live without his father in his life. The son, like Pinocchio, had come

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