Sociology: Sociology In Aladdin

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Matthew Sievers Mrs. Kluthe Sociology 4/26/2015 Sociology in Aladdin Have you ever wondered what sociology or hidden messages are in the movies your children are watching? In this paper I am going to examine the sociology aspects of the movie Aladdin. Aladdin is a 1992 Disney kid’s film that because of the timing of its release created some controversy. At the time it was released the United States had just ended war with that part of the world and to say the movie ruffled some feathers by some of the lyrics and the undertones would be an understatement. This is a movie where the main character Aladdin falls in love with a princess and her father the king has the job of picking a suitable person for her to marry. The Princess Jasmine lives in a patriarchy which is the methodical control over women by men that has remained around as a staple of most cultures for 10,000 years. In a patriarchy women are considered to be property of the husbands or fathers and their roles are that of domestic…show more content…
Disney designed Jafar to look stereotypical Arab in the movie with a big nose, long beard, heavy accent, and threatening eyes. While Aladdin is also Arabic his features are more Americanized and quite different: small nose, no beard, no accent, and lighter skin (Giroux, 2002, p. 120) Jafar works through deception and dresses up as a prisoner and persuades Aladdin to steal the magical lamp. Little does he know that Aladdin will end up with the three wishes when he gets the lamp. Aladdin does get the lamp and wishes to become a prince so that there would no longer be any conflict between him and the princess if they were to fall in love with each other and marry. Conflict theory: suggests that human behavior in social contexts results from conflicts between competing groups

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