Thoughts On: Finding Nemo - The Family Circle Of Trust: Dory
Test yourself on the tough stuff of Finding Nemo with study questions from How does Marlin and Nemo's relationship mirror the way human parents and kids. The plot follows a young clown fish, Nemo (Alexander Gould), who is separated from his father, Marlin (Albert Brooks), by the human intervention embarrasses and frustrates the willful Nemo, and causes rifts in their relationship. . stereotypes of disability are tested and disproved and the protagonist's triumph is enabled. Marlin may start out as an overprotective parent and Nemo might hate his dad's By the end of the story, Marlin and Nemo's relationship has evolved into a.
Over protectiveness seems to be a common trait among parents, especially fathers, and this is the source of the conflict Nemo has with his father, Marlin. Marlin, a widower before his children were even born hatchedis a fantastic father figure.
Marlin demonstrates amazing dedication to his child, never wavering in his determination to find Nemo, no matter where in the ocean he may be. He faces all perils and all challenges to find his boy. Anyone who says men like to abandon their children should pay close attention to Marlin. They could learn a thing from this fish.
Beside Marlin, the importance of fathers is also praised in Finding Nemo by the character Bruce, the great white shark. Come to think of it, Crush the turtle is also a good father figure. Something of a foil to Marlin, he allows his son to be very independent, letting him seek his own boundaries while also always being there when needed and encouraging his son in his exploration.
Marlin must come to grips with the fact every parent must face, that their children are growing up. However, I greatly prefer how Finding Nemo shows this to many other portrayals. This is realised almost immediately with their encounter with the trio of sharks. Dory clearly has no concerns whilst Marlin is on the brink of an aneurysm.
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In a way here, Dory is infantalised and made out to be a naive child. This is so because her time-frame of being is so far in her past that it probably reaches into childhood.
Marlin, too, is stuck in his past the night in which his wife and children were taken from himbut this has expanded his view of time forward and kept him from seeing a brighter vision of the future with more naive eyes as Dory does. The commentary on tragedy and misfortune here is that events of these kinds can radically shift your idea of space and time - which, itself, is quite profound. Because of their conception of time, the idea of the strange unknown that the two venture into is then exciting for Dory - vegan sharks seem like nice guys - but daunting for Marlin, so much so that he becomes a self-fulfilling prophet by triggering the fish-eating shark within Bruce.
What this emphasises is that Dory was, ultimately, correct in her ambivalence and that Marlin was wrong for attempting to control everything.
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As a result, Dory is already becoming the female accomplice who, like Hermione, teaches the males of their hubris and short-comings despite her initially seeming like the complete antithesis of this traditional archetype. As a result, what we see developing in this story is a strong relationship between the traditional ideas of the nuclear family and the non-traditional.
Such is common in almost all Disney and Pixar films that see families comprised of unexpected individuals form. However, specific to this story, we are seeing Dory instil 'male' characteristics into her and Marlin's relationship; she is the one who thinks on her feet and embraces the 'now' of adventure in this sequence, not Marlin.
This, again, happens in the next sequence in which Dory teaches Marlin how to "just keep swimming". This allows them to venture into darkness and confront the monsters that loom below. However, this is where Marlin begins to evolve: The light that Marlin then sees by coming so close to death is then that he can wrestle with monsters in the unknown and come out alive - he, like Dory in the previous sequence - can think on his feet, lead and survive.
Let us not forget Dory in this sequence, however. As we learned previously, she can read. This is a rather questionable element of this story and, in some respects, a clear ex machina. But, Dory reading also reverses the idea that she is just naive. Though she is trapped in her past, she retains functionality and so manages to take what she learned in her past and bring it to her present.
And to take a more poetic perspective, Dory being able to read is her being able to translate symbols of the past - writing that carves thoughts of the 'now' into material being that will, likely, outlast thought - into the present. With Dory reading whilst Marlin fights off the monster, we then see the roles of the previous sequence shift as the unknown becomes ever more predictably so dangerous.
So, in parallel to the adventure of this story becoming more predictable, so does the relationship between Dory and Marlin; they assume more traditional roles. And, of course, the ultimate expression of this is Dory's first character change; she begins to remember: Sherman 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney This repetition of course gets on Marlin's nerves, and so it is at this point that Marlin attempts to abandon Dory.
It is here that Marlin believes he has become a unified and self-sufficient; he believes he has grown and is not in need of help - especially from someone as faulted as Dory. However, this is where the pair encounter the moonfish If we cast our minds back to the previous post again, we'll remember that Coral, Marlin's wife, is thematically linked to the moon with this beautiful transition: We would certainly be stretching the metaphor without good reason in suggesting that Coral is brought back to life in this sequence.
However, the sympathy that the group of fish show towards Dory, and the manner in which they mock and guide Marlin whilst being male, speaks a lot about the femininity of the moon that we explored previously and the fact that Dory is there to help and, herself, guide Marlin.
After consulting the moonfish, which Marlin initially believes he knows more than, Dory then has to chase after him with important information. Just like Dory lead Marlin into the darkness to find the mask, and just like she helped him escape the sharks, she wants to guide him through this trench here.
But, Marlin's confidence has been boosted since he defeated the shark - he has embraced his own animus - and so he chooses to ignore Dory; his ego pushes the anima to the side.Finding Nemo- Shark Scene- Bruce
So, as with the sharks, Marlin's over-anxious ego gets himself and Dory in trouble. However, Marlin is somewhat aware of this environment of the stinging jellyfish because he, himself, is a cautious clown fish that lives in an anemone. So, seemingly embracing the naive sense of adventure that Dory demonstrates, he then decides to make a game out of their escape.
Their adventure is becoming ever more dangerous, however. It then seems like this is the consequence - maybe the punishment - for Marlin ignoring Dory and not forming a relationship with the anima. And this is a recurrent idea; Marlin is constantly punished through others for his downfalls whether it be Nemo being captured or Dory being stung. However, embodying the traditional hero, Marlin is willing to sacrifice himself to rectify his mistakes, and, for this, he is seemingly rewarded with a bit of luck.
So, after their encounter with Crush and their ride along the EAC, Marlin is confronted by the recent past. Dory wants to ask for directions, but Marlin refuses. After asking "what is up with men and asking for directions", implying that the fault of the adventurer is that he thinks he can do things alone, Marlin decides to trust her - because, after all, this And so now, after Marlin lets Dory ask for directions, we have the archetypal sequence, the belly of the beast sequence, that we see in countless tales - the most obvious being Pinocchio.
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So, just like Pinocchio learns his lesson after visiting Pleasure Island, but nonetheless he has to enter the belly of the beast, so must Marlin. In such, he must not just gain a conceptual understanding from his mistakes, but act out the lesson he has learnt And this unified being itself is represented by his reconciliation with the anima: What Marlin then learns here - what he integrates into his being - is that he can trust Dory's intelligence, both her ability to miraculously read and talk to whales, as well as his ability to confront chaos; he does not understand these things, and neither do we, but with trust in each other and themselves, the two prevail.
And thus, we get this image Again the moon motif emerges as Marlin realises that Dory is right; that she is his guide. The whale fluke below the moon then seemingly plays on the double meaning of fluke meaning whale tail and lucky escape by referencing the relationship between chaos and the heroic couple that is recurrent throughout this story; one is conquered by the other, the heroes overcome chaos, for example, they escape the belly of the whale, partly out of luck or destiny, but also because they are guided by something transcendent of themselves.