International Catholic Journal of Education



Living is acting: Pinocchio’s formative course and childhood secrets

Joaquim Machado de Araújo | Alberto Filipe Araújo

The story of Pinocchio, a fictional character by Carlo Collodi, depicts the formative course of a doll created by Geppetto from a bit of wood, which gains its own life and its own destiny, either in confrontation with its creator, or with the school as well as in interaction with real children until it views itself as one child.The present study followed the adventures of this doll which illustrate the classic contradiction between nature and nurture, embodied in the opposition between play and work whixh was solved by Pinocchio in three stages.

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