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By M. Maloney

This publication is worried with the problems confronted by means of sleek Westerners of their look for a significant lifestyles. It sheds gentle in this enduring cultural obstacle via an in depth examining of 4 well known movie and tv narratives.

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The room is suitably darkened, lit only by a glowing red lava lamp in which float a number of toy’s heads. Essentially, Sid is a twisted pre-teen version of Andy. The boy’s share in an all-consuming love of play and both see life through Just a Toy 33 the prism of their imagined bedroom worlds. Scud notwithstanding, their family compositions are identical: each boy has a little sister, a mother and a father rendered conspicuous by his complete absence in the narrative. Indeed, the boys’ mothers appear to be the sole adult influence, and the brief instances in which they each assert themselves in Toy Story are telling.

His cruelty is rendered clear in the scene in which he returns home from Pizza Planet with his new prized possessions. First, the three-eyed green alien meets his much-anticipated fate, becoming a sacrificial chew toy for the rapacious Scud. Meeting his little sister, Janie, in the foyer, Sid grabs her beloved rag doll, rushes to his bedroom and decapitates it, replacing the doll’s head with the head of a plastic Pterodactyl. Parents are nowhere to be seen and Janie, apparent victim of Sid’s oppressive reign, cowers in his presence.

And you, my friend, are responsible for delaying my rendezvous with Star Command! Woody: You . . are . . a . . toy! You aren’t the real Buzz Lightyear. You’re . . you’re an action figure! You are a child’s plaything! Buzz: You are a sad, strange little man, and you have my pity. Buzz and Woody luckily make their way from the gas station to Pizza Planet via one of the restaurant’s delivery vans. Unsurprisingly, Buzz mistakes Pizza Planet’s space-age exterior as authentic. ’ As Woody busies himself in search of Andy, Buzz spies a spaceship-shaped crane vending machine offering toy prizes.

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