Train Your Dragon Functionalism

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Name : Rashmita Sathyanarayan Roll Number : 365 UID : 120293 Critical Review of : “How To Train Your Dragon” and Functionalism. “From the physical point of view, a man is nothing more than a system of cells, or from the mental point of view, than a system of representations; in either case, he differs only in degree from animals.” - Emile Durkheim One of Durkheim’s most important functionalist ideas is that of integration or social solidarity, that is the incorporation of individuals into the society. And this he strongly believed is needed so that social equilibrium could be maintained. Thus, Durkheim’s concept of…show more content…
The Vikings are known for their strength, aggressiveness and stubbornness. For seven generations the Village of Berk was being attacked by dragons for food and in the process hundreds of Vikings lost their lives. But the Vikings did not leave the village, and since then protecting their village from dragons and gaining power over them became the society’s ultimate goal which they did by killing the dragons, which was the culturally defined way or institutionalized means of obtaining the…show more content…
According to Durkheim, men were creatures who have unlimited desires which can lead to a natural instability. Thus, there needs to be an external control that is, societal control. But it is this societal control that discourages an individual to think for himself and leads to mindless following for norms that are established by the society. Eg: Fanaticism. Just like Hiccup’s situation where he was criticized for being different which didn’t allow him to accept his individual capabilities and as a Viking though their ultimate goal was to protect the village and gain control over dragons which they achieved by killing them , and internalized this means of achieving the goal as an “occupational hazard”. Hiccup’s ability to question and reason, be innovative, creative, empathize was completely overlooked because of this societal control. Hiccup was brave enough to break away from this social constrain and confronted his father about it. But when he told him that he doesn’t want to a kill dragons, his father turned him down and asked him to attend dragon training which reflects how strong the influence of societal pressure was where an individual’s need wasn’t even taken into
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