Class Year

2016

Date

4-19-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Distinguished Thesis

Yes

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department or Program

Self-Designed Major

First Advisor

Clayton Gray, Jr.

Second Advisor

Gizella Meneses

Third Advisor

Sergio Guglielmi

Abstract

This thesis is in Italian. This research examines Walt Disney and Carlo Collodi and their respective stories of Pinocchio through a historical and contextual perspective. A careful analysis of primary and secondary sources examines the backgrounds and personal beliefs of each author. After an examination of these sources, it becomes clear that Collodi wrote his story in order to establish a shared culture and unite a nation, and Disney made his film in a subtle way to express his Nazi convictions and earn money. Collodi's story and the Disney film are then directly compared in order to support these claims. Through exposing the motives of Disney and his disregard for the integrity of Collodi’s work, this research highlights the importance and the value of Collodi's work in contrast to the corrupt film version that Disney has spread around the world.

Language

Italian


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