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.&
Guardian Angels: A Report on the Modern AirshipPhillip Pirrip
November 1, 2132
Technology has always played a crucial role in human history and has only grown more influential and intertwined with our daily lives as it progresses. However, as our past has proven, often some of our most incredible advancements have been born from or used to create conflict. The twentieth century saw countless examples of warfare and conflict leading to leaps in technology. Although one could list off the various weapons created in this time period, an interesting pattern emerged as the technology matured. Once purely destructive innovations became something more as we unlocked their constructive potential. Rockets and explosives formed the foundation for our space exploration programs, atomic weapons were soon reformed into energy providing reactors that illuminated our cities, and wireless networks designed for military communication evolved into the internet that we know today, among several oth
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'
Spectra's ReformTucker had just turned 18. Over the past few years, life hadn't changed all that much for him or Danny and Sam. They had graduated from high school and were on their way to college, and ghosts still needed thermosing and sending back to the Ghost Zone. But, what had begun to sting now, was the fact that Tucker was still the third wheel of their relationship. Anytime they went anywhere, Danny and Sam stuck together. They sat as close as the huge armrest would allow in the theater, they walked side by side in the malls, they smooched when they thought Tucker wasn't paying attention, and so on.
This used to annoy Tucker, but he realized that it wasn't their fault, really. They were in love, and they were basically a perfect fit for each other. Of course hey were going to do all that cheesy stuff. Tucker would do it if he knew someone who connected with him that well. And besides, even when their lovey dovey antics annoyed him, he was happy for them.
There was a time when he considered ask
PhilosophyWhat is philosophy? To philosophize is to not think about something, but to think upon those thoughts. You are to go beyond thinking, a thought beyond the thought. To think, you are to walk upon the ground, and observe it. To philosophize is to get upon your knees, and to DIG into the ground! You are to take your thoughts even further than your thoughts already. But I have heard that to philosophize is a gift. But why? Why cannot everyone take a deeper meaning into the thoughts and think upon thoughts? To dig into them? Is it the "strength" of the mind? For the one unable to philosophize, they are unable to dig their fingers into the ground. But then are we to say that those whom cannot philosophize weak minded? I don't think so. That's not right to say one is weak. But what is it that makes one unable to take a deeper meaning into their thoughts? Is it the mental comprehension? Can one only understand to a certain point? But does that mean philosophizers minds are to be unbound to com
Cave Johnson's BluesAll I wanted to do was science
Whatever was the cost
Even if it meant making my own rules
We had our ups and downs
And several law suits
But we are not stopped by bunch of fools
I don't have much time left
The infection carries on
I will miss you Caroline
For you I sing this song
We tested with best of the best
And poor and homeless
Sometimes ending up with a pile of mess
From producing shower curtains
To poisonous prepulsion gels
After trial and error we made success
I don't have much time left...
I wonder if they could
Put my mind inside a computer
So I could live here forever
Same thing with Caroline
We'd share the same hard drive
We could always be here together
I don't have much time left...