Dash is a superhero character in the film, “The Incredibles”. I’m super excited for the second film that focusses on Jack Jack’s power. But nothing is going to come close to the classic first movie. One classic scene is the one when Dash is in a race.
His superpower is speed so who the winner’s going to be is a no-brainer. How he’s going to win without everyone knowing he can run faster than Usain Bolt is another matter, one that is hilarious.
In terms of the moral development that we started talking about last Tuesday, what was the moral dilemma/s in this video?
Dash was in a race. He wasn’t allowed to run as fast as he could because then it would be obvious that he and his whole family were superheroes. But, he didn’t want to lose either. No one enters a race with the hope of losing.
what level/s and stage/s were Dash in?
Just by looking at this short clip, one might think Dash is in level 1, stage 1 and 2 of the Moral development stages.
Stage 1: Obedience
We observe from the video that Dash is obedient to his family. Particularly, we can hear Bob’s voice and instruction for how fast Dash should run and if he should “pick up the pace” or “slow up”. However, we also know from the whole film, that Dash is in school, not that obedient to authority and is past the expected age range of people who are in stage one. He doesn’t just obey his parents but he knows why he has to go slower.
Stage 2: Self-interest
Although Dash can’t run fast for the entire duration of the race, he still wins in the last minute. This is out of self interest. Similarly, although his parents are shouting at him from the sidelines to slow up, they still want him to win or at the very least, get to second place. There is no way Dash couldn’t win if he wanted to given his abilities and he enters the race in the first place out of self-interest.
In my opinion, I think that Dash is in stage 2 and 3 of Kohlberg’s moral development stages.
Stage 3: Conformity
Because Dash knows he has to go slower but not too slow that he loses, this shows his conformity to being undercover. As a normal child, he can’t show off his super abilities. He can’t let people know that he’s super fast only that he’s fast. He conforms to the rules of being a superhero, having a secret identity and also that of his parents as they shout out what he should do from the benches.
He has self-interest in winning the race but he also conforms to the rules of being a superhero and having a secret identity. Notice how he obeys and conforms because he wants to be a good student and son. He doesn’t obey without knowing the intentions.
What do you think about Dash’s moral dilemma? Do you see any other moral dilemmas in this clip?
When? Tuesday 2:00pm
May God fill you with the wisdom of grace.
One more question:
How excited are you for Incredibles 2?