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Christian Symbolism in HTTYD
Becoming a Hero the Hard Way:
Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III as a Christ Figure
(This is an essay I wrote for school in March 2011)
The Christ metaphor has been a poignant part of western literary tradition for millennia. By reinterpreting the Christ story, a piece of literature can bring a new relevance to the ancient story and reveal new ideas within its meaning and mechanics. This is not a practice limited to any one genre, and can be found places where you'd least expect it to be. A great example would be the children's book How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell. By focusing on human dynamics in a fresh Christ metaphor, Cowell calls attention to aggression and intolerance present in our own society and attempts to realign our perception of heroism with peaceful communications and common sense. She does this by employing several common Biblical motifs in her plotline, carefully characterizing her protagonist, and developing a setting that satirizes the modern world.&
You'll Get Used to It"Dragons and Vikings is such a simple game, even a Gronckle can understand," Snotloud said with a smirk on his face.
The boy was shorter than the peers of his age, but he made up for it with his toughness and propensity for violence. He was surrounded by a group of kids in the field where they usually gathered to play every morning. All their attention were on him as he explained the rules of the game they were playing to Hiccup, a small and scrawny kid with a bowl of brown hair on his head. Snotloud envied Hiccup, who was the son of the village chief, and took every opportunity to mercilessly bully the boy. This time however, he was eager to show off his knowledge. He wiped his pug-nose before continuing. "One of us plays the Dragon. He - "
Astrid and Ruffnut, the only girls in the group, coughed at once.
"...or she, is armed with a slingshot and stones, which can be fired in long-range like a dragon's flame." Snotloud demonstrated this by shooting a pebble at Fishlegs, Hiccup'
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