Literary Analysis of Short Story Elements in the Movie

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The movie 'How To Train Your Dragon' contains many static characters, and only few dynamic characters. Young Vikings in training, as well as their teacher : Fishlegs, Snoutlout, Gobber, Tuffnut and Ruffnut, are all consistent in their behavior and morals throughout the movie. This is what makes them static characters. Also, the mother dragon that Hiccup, Astrid and Toothless find in a cave is a static character because it is the antagonist in the film and she never changes until she dies. There were four dynamic characters in 'How to Train Your Dragon'. They are: Hiccup, Astrid, Stoick, and Toothless. Dynamic characters are the people, or in this case, people and dragons, that change because of the experiences that they are forced to overcome. The character that our group chose to examine is the vicious and unforgiving Night Furythat turns in to a cat- like pet: Toothless. In the beginning of the movie, when Hiccup captures the Night Fury in a net, he is an intimidating, vicious, and mythical dragon that no Viking wants anything to do with. In the book that Hiccup has, it says that if you see a Night Fury, you have to run and hide, or die. As the story progresses and the plot thickens, Hiccup tends to the dragon's injured tail, feeds him, and names him Toothless. The Night Fury gradually becomes more and more friendly and welcoming to Hiccup and they devellop a friendship. By the end of the movie, after the Toothless and Hiccup have defeated the gigantic mother of all dragons, Toothless is the friendliest dragon in the village, and Hiccup is his best friend. There are four types of conflict that are exhibited in the movie 'How To Train Your Dragon'. They are: Person vs. Society, Person vs. Person, Person vs. Nature, and Perso... ... middle of paper ... ...d of conflict. Hiccup eternally struggles with being a non-murderous Viking because he wants to kill dragons and makes his father Stoick proud; but he can't handle killing or hurting dragons. Another Person vs. Person conflict is Astrid vs. Astrid. She wants to be a warrior, but she can't quite exceed her own expectations for herself because she is always being shown up by Hiccup. Again, both of these conflicts are worked out after the immense battle between the dragon and the Vikings because Atrid becomes a warrior and Stoick becomes a proud father. How To Train Your Dragon is a movie about a boy named Hiccup who questioned the morals of not only society, but also of his own father. The film documents his evolution, as well as Toothless changing from a fierce beast to a friendly pet. It also exhibits conflicts of all sorts between characters, nature, and society.

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