Sibling Rivalryry In Aliens In The Atry

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Sibling rivalry is a common issue that has been around since the first children were introduced into the world. Sibling rivalry occurs when a brother and sister, or vice versa, continuously use verbal insults, physical violence, or isolation to cause negative effects on each other. This can include hitting, kicking, yelling, name-calling, swearing, excluding each other from activities, and numerous other hurtful actions. When siblings fight with each other, it can cause physical and emotional damage, which can create long-term problems for both children. Sibling rivalry can be serious, but it can simply be that one sibling is simply pushing the other’s buttons, causing short spurts of tension between the two that usually dissipates. Aliens …show more content…
In one particular scene, Tom and his cousin, Jake, team up to shoot Bethany’s boyfriend, Ricky, with a paintball gun as a prank, or as Jake puts it, “to prune the family tree” (Aliens in the Attic). This exhibits the comical potential in sibling rivalry, which leads many experts to believe that gender may affect how siblings fight. “Boys and girls fight at about the same level, but they tend to fight in different ways” (Raising Children Network 2006-2014). This helps prove that usually in a situation where a brother and sister are fighting, it is more often playful than when same-sex siblings are fighting. In Zathura, the older brother, Walter, and his younger brother, Danny, are also continuously fighting, but they aren’t pulling pranks. In one scene of the movie, Walter pulls a Wish Card and ponders on the thought of wishing his brother away for good. This proves that siblings of the same sex tend to be more hateful than playful when they fight with each other, whereas siblings of the opposite sex are usually just trying to push each other’s …show more content…
In, Aliens in the Attic, the aliens are attempting to invade earth by sending a signal through a device buried beneath the vacation home. The kids have to both keep their parents away, while keeping the aliens away from the basement of the house. This forces the kids to work together to devise a plan to combat the aliens, all while trying to keep the huge and deadly skeleton in the closet. When kids work together, it tends to bring them closer to each other through “learning how to assign tasks and improving their efficiency in communication” though, sometimes it can also cause even more disputes over who is dominant (Faith 2014). In Zathura, the boys have to use teamwork to fight back against the aliens as well, though instead of trying to invade earth, the aliens are trying to invade their home. In one scene, Walter lowers Danny in the dumbwaiter down to the basement. In the beginning of the movie, Walter always made fun of Danny because of his fear of the basement, mainly caused by the menacing furnace. While Walter is lowering Danny in the dumbwaiter, Danny expresses his immense fear of the task ahead. This invokes a realization in Walter that he has to be there for his younger brother. He finally gives Danny some reassurance that everything will go alright and that he will pull him up as soon as he

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