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The paper argues that "Madeline" is a book that encompasses the essence of humanity in a few lines. The paper analyzes how one of the main themes in the book is the social feature of humanity; the ability to live in society, feel compassion and develop solidarity. The paper further asserts that adults need this book because they need to rediscover their inner child while rebuilding their self-esteem and their trust in themselves.
From the Paper:"Compassion needs the ability to notice details. Compassion is mainly about the ability to share the feelings of others. Five simple words activate imagination in a way that one could never think possible in a book for pre-school children. The picture accompanying the line in the book is just a suggestion. A woman feeding a horse is an example if how people can enjoy the simple things in life and not let themselves overwhelmed by the hardships they encountered. The world was in the middle of a war and finding things to be happy about was not an easy task for anyone. But the human mind has always endless resources to escape despair and find something to alleviate physical or psychological pain. Since hope is the last to perish, the image of a woman feeding a horse in the streets of an occupied Paris is symbolical.
"The next line shows children who are learning to make the distinction between right and wrong. If the "good" consists in the image of a lady feeding an animal in the street, the "bad" is a thief. The future adults are taught about the positive and negative features of the human character. There are good people and there are bad people and they placed themselves in these categories by choice and not because of external and uncontrollable factors that influenced them."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Bemelmans, Ludwig. Mad About Madeline. The Complete Tales. Viking. Penguin Group. New York. 1993.
Cite this Analytical Essay:
"Madeline" by Ludwig Bemelmans (2012, May 16) Retrieved May 20, 2022, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/madeline-by-ludwig-bemelmans-150987/
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