How to Train Your Dragon: how a little bit of empathy can change the whole world



If you ask your friends about the movie ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ you’ll hear a lot: I want a dragon!  The animation is so lively and fluid! I love the scene where they fly with Astrid! etc

but what is this movie really about? in my opinion, it’s about empathy. How a young boy who struggles to fit in the very manly world of Vikings will change everything with an act of empathy.

Near the end of the movie: Toothless is capture by Stoick, hiccups dad who wants to use the dragon to find the dragon nest and finally destroy those beasts.

Hiccup is hopeless he doesn’t know how to save his pet dragon or save his father and the other Vikings from what awaits them on the dragon nest island. He says it would have been so much easier to just kill the dragon.
Astrid ask him why he didn’t? every other Viking would have done so:

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Hiccup wasn’t weak, he saw himself in the Night Fury which is suppose to be Viking worse enemy. He couldn’t bring himself to kill the trapped beast and against everything that was taught to him he freed the dragon. Later he finds the dragon again wounded. With a lot of fish and patience, they learn to know each other and become friends.
Toothless comes to rescue Hiccup in the arena which leads to his capture. Hiccup who desperately want to be a Viking, one of ‘them’ will give up everything to try to save his dragon. His father rejects him.

Of course, the movie ends well. Stoick and the other Vikings are saved by Hiccup and a few friends flying dragons. His father realises his mistake, he should accept his son as he is and not try to change it.


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