Napoleon Dynamite Analysis

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Napoleon Dynamite, a film about an awkward adolescent who has trouble fitting in with his peers. Making his new friends, Deborah and Pedro help him know what it feels like to be liked and wanted. Wanting to try to fit in with his new peers he helps Pedro run for president. At home he has his disruptive family making things anything but calm, his home is chaotic and unwelcoming, because of his grandmother who is physically never there as well as his Uncle Rico whom came to visit. The main character, Napoleon Dynamite stays true to what he is trying to portray as the protagonist throughout the movie. Napoleons grandma is one of the antagonist in the film and it shows through how the grandmother treats napoleon. The main antagonist would be …show more content…
Napoleon is a teenager that thinks like and five-year old boy but has a big heart for his friends, he knows how to care and show dedication and loyalty to his friends. These characteristics stay true throughout the film to make him being a fit protagonist. Throughout the movie napoleon shows reoccurrences of his juvenile behaviors throughs his exaggerated lies and stories, for instance when he talks to his peers when they asked what he did last summer over vacation and his reply is “I told you I was in Alaska hunting wolverines with my uncle.” As he continues to try to make the story more convincing when he’s being asked if he shot any and his reply is “Yes, like a lot of them. They tried attacking my cousins. What the heck would you do in a situation like that?”. His peers know the reality of the situation, Napoleon never hunted wolverines and his figure of imagination is still very broad and child-like. Even at the last scene with Deborah, he is playing tether ball like a young kid and gets pure enjoyment from it. Napoleon does a good job conveying how much he cares about his friends despite how society treats him. Throughout the movie Napoleon helps Pedro run for president even though he has a shot in the dark of winning the campaign. …show more content…
This makes uncle resentful and cold, seeking to jumpstart his life again through being a sales man. Uncle consistently shows how he is a true antagonist through his verbal beatings with napoleon, putting him down at every chance he gets. Uncle makes a fun of napoleon by throwing footballs at him in front of his friend Pedro which is quite humiliating. Throughout the movie napoleon is neglected more by his uncle than his brother, kip. The uncle see more potential in Kip with helping him be a salesman selling tub ware. He takes kip under his wings as a salesman and leaves Napoleon hanging without a job when he needs one to afford things for himself. Instead napoleon goes searching for a job himself at a farm and gets paid nickels and dimes because the farmer “forgot his check book.” He could have helped Napoleon but instead he disregarded him and made him do things himself, which of course napoleon made a positive outlook on the situation despite the reality of the situation. He cares so little about Napoleon wants and needs, napoleon asks for a small favor just to get driven to the dance by his uncle. Of course, the uncle must make it about

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