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Pippi Longstocking

Pippi Longstocking

by Astrid Ericsson Lindgren

Pippi Longstocking Analysis

Literary Devices in Pippi Longstocking

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

Setting

Pippi's house is located in an old overgrown garden "way out at the end of a tiny little town" (1.1), which is never identified by name. Indeed, we don't even have a clue where in the world it migh...

Narrator Point of View

Using a third person omniscient narrator gives Astrid Lindgren the ability to know—and to let readers know—what any character is thinking or feeling at any time. If we had this power, we'd be u...

Genre

Although some people might consider Pippi Longstocking children's literature plain and simple, we think that's a bit too… well, plain and simple. Sure, even super-youngsters (three- and four-year...

Tone

Back when Barack Obama ran for POTUS the first time, there was a lot of buzz about his book The Audacity of Hope. Mainly it had people wondering what audacity meant. Now, of course, we all know tha...

Writing Style

Way out at the end of a tiny little town was an old overgrown garden, and in the garden was a house, and in the house lived Pippi Longstocking. She was nine years old, and she lived there all alone...

What's Up With the Title?

Pippi was actually named by Astrid Lindgren's daughter, Karen. Apparently, when Karen was home sick from school one day, she asked her mom to tell her a get-well story, and Pippi was born. In the o...

What's Up With the Ending?

One minute Pippi's firing guns into the air and the next minute the story's over. It's abrupt for sure, and it may leave you with a That's it? kind of feeling, but we actually think Pippi's last wo...

Tough-o-Meter

Surprised? We thought you might be. Especially since Pippi Longstocking can be read, enjoyed, and reasonably well understood by most eight-year-olds. The thing is though, that most eight-year-olds...

Plot Analysis

The Name is Longstocking, Pippi LongstockingJames Bond is no ordinary spy, and Pippi is no ordinary nine-year-old. She was raised sailing the ocean with her sea captain father (right up until the d...

Trivia

Pippi Longstocking was the inspiration for Lisbeth Salander, a.k.a. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. (Source.) Astrid Lindgren's daughter came up with Pippi's name out of the blue one day when she...

Steaminess Rating

There is no I in steaminess. Oh wait—yes there is. And come to think of it team is in there, too. Go figure. Still, there's definitely no Pippi in steaminess, and that makes sense, because there...

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