Lecture 10 – Winnie the Pooh (1926)
- A.A. Milne (1882-1956)
- Winnipeg and Harry Colebourn
o Winne and Christopher Robin
- Real bear? No
- Winne, Piglet, Eeyore, Owl and Rabbit, and later Kanga and Roo; Tigger comes up only in the
sequel The House at Pooh Corner
- Chapters are independent stories
o Do not carry over
- Several of these stories were published in various magazines before and adapted
- How do they hold together? Is there a theme?
- Is the focus on the animals or on Christopher Robin?
- Only child
- Why do we not learn anything about his family?
o Has to learn everything on his own
o Christopher Robin is like the father of his little “family”
- He’s powerful: comes to the rescue all the time
- The narrator puts him in a safe position, lives at the top of the forest, can’t get hurt by the flood
- They are humanized toy animals and not real animals
- Are they like the Pinocchio puppet?
- Animated, talk but not real? Can’t hurt themselves ever...
o As when Pooh falls out of the tree (9)
o Eeyore’s tail gets nailed on (54)
- Piglet sums up (131-133)
- Compare with Alice
- Ordinary events: birthday party, feeling hungry, everything takes place in the safe world of the
What do the Animals Represent?
- Pooh is a bear of little brain, is greedy - Good friend Piglet, of everyone... how about his modesty and his constant put downs?
- Still self aware, best bear in the world (43)
- Learns from owl
- Pooh has more insight than we think (138-139), The Brain of Pooh rescues Pi