Roles - Kung Fu Panda

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KUNG FU PANDA 1 The Analysis of Role in Kung Fu Panda Terrance McKnight Teachers College – Columbia University
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KUNG FU PANDA 2 The Analysis of Role in Kung Fu Panda In the film Kung Fu Panda , the central character, Po, unexpectedly found himself chosen to become the Dragon Warrior, the most powerful kung fu warrior in his Chinese village. The most salient task of the Dragon Warrior was to protect the village and ensure peace. The defeat of the evil Tai Lung was necessary to accomplish this task. A loosely-assembled group of individuals were instrumental in helping Po with this mission. Though the group members’ activities did not allow for the group to be defined as a team, each member had a complimentary, supporting role to those portrayed by Po. Role is formally defined as “the characteristic and expected social behavior of an individual” and “a function or position” (Krantz & Maltz, 1997). Dealing specifically with groups, role can be differentiated in two ways: formal roles are the duties, task, responsibilities, and expectations associated with a particular position; informal roles are positions or functions in the group based on personal characteristics and group dynamics which may support or hinder the task (Green & Molemkamp, 2005). Informal roles can be viewed as the roles needed in order to fulfill a formal role, i.e. being an entertainer in order to fulfill the role of a clown. Authority and task are often associated with roles, especially formal roles. Po was given the role of Dragon Warrior by Master Oogway. With this role came the authority to train under Master Shifu and unlock the powers of the Dragon Scroll. The task was ensuring that Tai Lung did not destroy the village while seeking the Dragon Scroll, which he believed was rightfully his. The role as given is the role as defined by those who the role worker is working for and/or with; the role as taken is the role holder’s internalized and enacted view of her role (Krantz & Maltz, 1997). Po was given the role of Dragon Warrior. As given, this role was the highest honor, of which limitless power was to be granted through acquisition of the Dragon
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KUNG FU PANDA 3 Scroll and superb training. Po accepted the role as taken in the same manner; this led to his initial apprehension in accepting the role, as he was unsure if he was competent enough to fulfill it. He did not feel as if he was best suited for the role because his role ideal was not congruent with his own abilities. With his new role, Po experienced role shift, which is the moving of someone from one
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This note was uploaded on 06/01/2011 for the course ORL 1000 taught by Professor Buontempo during the Spring '11 term at Columbia.

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