Joy And Sadness Essay

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At first glance, the protagonist of this film can be mistaken for Riley the girl who has five small personas living in her brain and controlling her emotions. Although she is crucial to the narrative form, Joy’s conflicts and goals are what makes this story move forward. Joy is just one of the five basic emotions living in Riley’s brain, and she seems to have the biggest role when it comes to keeping Riley’s happy childhood memories or “core” memories safe in the hub. Joy’s main goal is to keep Sadness away from the console and to continue to create happy memories despite Riley’s unexpected move from Minnesota to California. During the exposition, the viewers learn that Riley has lived a happy life for the most part: playing hockey, living …show more content…
Even though Joy and Sadness are both stuck in the wacky maze of long-term memories, Sadness constantly loses interest in searching for a way out of the maze causing Joy to slow down for her. In addition, Sadness misleads Joy to the train of thought in various occasions. Sadness lacks enthusiasm to get back to headquarters because she does not understand her purpose in helping to manage the console being that she has lead Riley to miss her old life and cry over it. Therefore, Joy and Sadness’ geographical journey through the maze also acts as a psychological one. Their geographical journey takes them through the personality islands, memory dump, dream productions, and imagination land. During their short visits, Joy and Sadness learn to work together to catch the train of thought. When that idea fails, Joy begins to feel desperate and so does Sadness. However, at the epilogue, they realize that some of Riley’s happiest moments were created after feeling compassion or empathy. Hence, Sadness found a purpose to being one of the five emotions essential to Riley. In addition, Joy also understood that Sadness can be an essential figure when creating memories because not all core memories needed to be joyful ones. In this way, Inside Out shows that feeling emotions such as anger, joy, sadness, fear, and even disgust is part of reacting to events and processing them as memories. …show more content…
Because the personality islands were collapsing as a result of the misplaced core memories, Riley began to lose her ability to play hockey, her patience with her new home, and her friendliness towards her parents. As a result, Riley planned to run away back to Minnesota. Inside Out portrayed this decision as compulsive and foolish. This is because the movie takes a position regarding family. Riley seemed to be in a dark place when she decided to steal money from her mom in order to buy a bus ticket because Anger was running her decision to do so. This scene implies that stealing from a family member is a terrible thing to do. Also, disrespecting a parent is shown to be inadequate when Riley yells at her father at the dinner table after having a bad time at hockey tryouts. Lastly, the film presents Riley the happiest when her family is happy. For instance, when her parents are back home in Minnesota, all is well. However, when they move into the old apartment and the moving truck has been misdirected, Riley’s parents react stressful which makes her sad. In this way, traditional values such as valuing family is supported by Inside Out. Towards the epilogue, Riley comes to a realization that she could not possibly abandon her family while her parents are desperately looking for her. Therefore, she decides not to leave and goes home to her parents. By then, all of her character

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