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The Representation of Subjectivity and Agency in the Toy Narratives

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The toys are alive and feel the emotions that are experienced by human beings. In the book Winnie-the-Pooh, the central character is a bear and the plot revolves around his adventures. The book Abyssinia focuses on the lives of two sisters, who bonded very well with each other. They spend their time playing with their doll houses which were built side by side. Doll’s house is also the central theme of the book The Doll’s House. In this book, the doll family is yearning for a suitable house where they can live happily. Although their wish is fulfilled, the doll family is not happy, as the new member in their family is spoiling their amicable existence.All the three books represent and explore subjectivity and agency through their toy narratives. The feelings, beliefs and thoughts of the toys are expressed in the books. As far as agency is concerned, the toys do not act, they are made to act by the human characters in the play. In this paper we will analyze the toy narratives in these books by concentrating on the use of subjectivity and agency in the plot.For example, the book Winnie-the-Pooh explores the world of a bear known by the same name. Winnie-the-Pooh is a toy bear who is loved by children all over the world. This book presents this toy as an adventurous bear, also known as Pooh. Pooh looks silly but his actions reveal his wisely knowledge. The opening lines of the book point towards his silliness. Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump…… It is, as far as he knows, the only way of coming downstairs, but sometimes he feels that there really is another way, if only he could stop bumping for a moment and think of it. (Milne, pg.4). The narrative employed in the book, looks at Pooh as a bear who is expressive about his feelings and thoughts. Winnie, the Pooh sat down at the foot of the tree, puthis head between his paws and began to think. (Milne, pg.3).