The Shift To Freedom
The Safety of Obedience and the Dangers of Freedom in Lady and the Tramp with Paige Easter
This week is the turn of Lady and the Tramp to go through our critical lens. We take a moment to analyze this entertaining and full of interesting messages story. The first thing that pops up, literally, is the Disney disclaimer warning us about the existence of harmful stereotypes.
After a quick recap of the main plot, highlighting the most controversial and engaging parts of the story, we analyze the messaging involving the social and cultural clash depicted in the movie.
We observe the dichotomy proposed by the story between "having a collar," both the highest honor a man can give to a dog and a symbol of control, and the unfortunate destiny of being a stray dog, ownerless, and condemned to prison if captured by the dog pound.
We also explore the contrast between the safety of following the rules and making our own, how it can be translated to the battle between having a 9 to 5 job or starting a business, and how we tend to judge and desire what we lack in others.
In This Episode, You Will Learn:
- About Disney's responsible approach to stories written more than half a century ago (2:27)
- A quick recap of Lady and the Tramp's plot (3:56)
- About the feminine and masculine hero's journey (5:13)
- The dichotomy between having a collar and being free (11:47)
- An interesting take on how we tend to look down on what we can't have (13:11)
- The clash between the safety of a regular job and becoming an entrepreneur (17:08)
- Tramp being a natural salesperson (22:34)
- Following the rules vs. following our desires (30:08)
- Book: Viktor Frankl - Man's Search For Meaning: The classic tribute to hope from the Holocaust