Essay about Stereotyping in Finding Nemo

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Stereotyping in "Finding Nemo"

According to the textbook, Social Psychology by Aronson, Wilson and Ekert, stereotyping is, "a generalization about a group in which identical characteristics are assigned to virtually all members of the group, regardless of actual variation among the members" (Aronson et al, 597). In other words, stereotyping occurs when assumptions are made about a group and its members, regardless of whether all the members possess the attributions of the assumptions. Some stereotypes are formed to make us feel better about ourselves and about the group to which we belong, while other stereotypes are formed to help us better understand and categorize the world around us. Stereotyping and other theories closely
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This stereotype asserts a deceptive correlation between possessing attractiveness and having other desirable traits. In the pitch black depths of the ocean, Marlin and Dory have to scour the bottom for a pair of goggles which were dropped by Nemo's abductor. When it seems as if all is lost, a beautiful light dances seductively in the dark. Entranced, both fish swim towards the warm glow.
"What is it,?" Marlin asks.
"It's so pretty," Dory whispers.
"I'm feeling happy…" says the captivated, Marlin.
Dory, intrigued, taps the light, and it bobs through the water. The pair turn in an effort to remain close to the lovely little light-creature. They take great comfort from something beautiful while falling prey to their own beliefs. That belief being what "is beautiful is good." Suddenly, the two are face to face with an enormous set of razor sharp teeth.
"Good feeling's gone!" Marlin squeals, and the two fish flee in a frenzy from the anglerfish.
The anglerfish is a horrendously ugly deep-sea fish that has a beautiful bioluminescent "lure" on the top of its head to attract prey. This scene effectively illustrates and negates the stereotype, "what is beautiful is good." Learning this lesson nearly cost the two travelers their lives.
An additional theory, the conversion model theory, closely related to stereotyping is very evident in the movie. The sharks will exemplify a radical change in a stereotype

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