5 Life Lessons and Moral Value in Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok Movie 2017 (Starring Chris Hemsworth as Thor The God of Thunder)
- Odin: Asgard is not a place, it's a people. And its people need your help.
Leading Cast of Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok 2017
Chris Hemsworth as Thor the God of Thunder
Cate Blanchett as Hela the Goddess of Death
Tom Hiddleston as Loki the God of Mischief
Tessa Thompson as the Valkyrie (also Scrapper 142)
Mark Ruffalo as the Incredible Hulk
Idris Elba as Heimdall
Karl Urban as the Executioner
Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster
Anthony Hopkins as Odin
Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange
1) The source of our ability to overcome the challenges in life doesn't come from our possessions - it resides within us.
- Thor: She's too powerful, I have no hammer.
- Odin: What are you, Thor, god of hammers?
During the final showdown between Thor and Hela, Hela initially overpowered Thor and taunted him.
She mockingly asked him what is he the god of, and that triggered an inner vision within Thor:
Speaking to Odin, Thor despaired that without his hammer Mjolnir, he was unable to defeat Hela.
But when Odin reminded Thor that Thor was the God of Thunder, that the hammer was just for focusing the power and wasn’t the source of the power, Thor was able to unleash the full force of electricity within him to deal a powerful, paralyzing blow to Hela.
When we learn to stop deriving our strength, identity and worth from our outward possessions, that’s when we can develop the strength of character from within!
2) Death is our common enemy. It is greedy and ambitious, looking to conquer and extinguish all life.
- Hela: My destiny is to rule all others.
Hela the Goddess of Death reflects the nature of Death itself.
Ever since man was placed under the curse of death in the beginning, he has been trying to outwit death and seek eternal life.
However death is a very aggressive and relentless enemy, refusing to allow anyone out of its jaws, seeking to devour all.
Knowing that our time on this earth is limited, the best way we can laugh in the face of Death is by living a life that leaves no room for regrets, a full and happy life, making wise decisions while knowing that we can step across the border of eternity at anytime!
How do you live a life that laughs in the face of Death?
3) True friends can be a comforting source of encouragement in our moments of weakness.
- Thor: We're the same, you and I. We're just a couple of hotheaded fools.
- Hulk: Yes, same. Hulk like fire, Thor like water.
- Thor: We're both like fire.
- Hulk: Hulk like raging fire. Thor like smouldering fire.
Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok Movie portrays a vulnerable side of the two mighty Avengers: Thor the God of Thunder and the Incredible Hulk.
When Hela destroyed Thor’s Mjolnir by easily crushing it in her palm, it shattered Thor’s confidence.
Suddenly he didn’t feel like the powerful God that he is.
This is most clearly seen when he pours his heart out to the Hulk when they have a shared moment on the planet Sakaar, and the Hulk helps him to snap out of his ‘victim mode’.
When the Hulk saw the projection of Natasha (Black Widow) in the Quinjet, he shouted and flailed about as if being tortured.
Due to the emotional torment, Bruce Banner hid away and was trapped inside the Hulk for two whole years!
When he transformed back into his human form, he was extremely lost and confused, and filled with fear.
Thanks to Thor’s encouragement, he was able to gather up courage and ended up playing a crucial role in saving Asgard, even though it may mean that he will always be the Hulk and never transform back into his human form again.
We all need people in our lives that lift us up when we’re down in the dumps.
Their encouragement can be really comforting in those times of need.
4) Through the influence of the right person, even the most wicked person can change for good.
- Thor: We have to stop her here and now, and prevent Ragnarok, the end of everything! So I'm putting together a team.
- Loki: Like the old days.
When Thor was trying to escape from Sakaar through the biggest gateway crudely known as “The Devil’s Anus”, Loki attempted to betray him to get back into the good favors of the Grandmaster.
However, Thor was already one step ahead of Loki and made a comment that everyone else wants to progress and become better, but only Loki is predictable, doesn’t want to change and remains the same.
Probably convicted by this comment from his brother, Loki appears later on in one of the flying ships with the escaped gladiators from Sakaar and helps to evacuate the citizens of Asgard.
He also ACTUALLY obeys Thor’s command to throw the crown of Surtur into the Eternal Flame and resurrects the fire demon who promptly wipes out the city of Asgard.
The longer Hela stays in Asgard, the greater her strength becomes. However when Asgard is destroyed, she is rendered powerless.
When the right person shows up, just like Thor did for Loki, he or she will be a blessing and help us to progress towards the right direction in life.
5) When people go through painful experiences in life, they may turn to coping mechanisms like alcoholism to find temporary escape from the trauma.
Thor: I’m putting together a team.
Valkyrie: This team of yours, has it got a name?
Thor: Yeah, it’s called The Re, Revengers.
Thor: Yeah, I mean we don’t have to have a name. We could have no name.
When Loki and "Scrapper 142" Valkyrie came head-to-head in battle, Loki used his powers to see into Valkyrie's past: She relived her painful past of fighting Hela alongside her fellow Valkyrie sisters.
All the Valkyries died, and one of them courageously sacrificed herself for Scrapper 142 by jumping into the line of Hela's throwing blade.
Scrapper 142 is the only surviving Valkyrie and that battle left her broken and suffering from trauma. That's why she turned to alcoholism to try to cope with the hurt - a temporary escape from the haunting memories.
Thor's appearance helped Valkyrie to break out from her pain by finding closure: She fought alongside Thor, Loki and the Hulk to defeat Hela at Asgard later on.
Everyone experiences hurt at some point of their lives. Many choose to find temporary relief from indulging in different types of vices: Drugs, smoking, alcohol, sex, violence, etc.
However, we have a choice to do what Valkyrie did in the end: Face the pain head on and find some closure. Forgive, let go, and move on. That's a good beginning to complete healing.
I hope you enjoyed reading my post on "5 Life Lessons and Moral Value in Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok Movie 2017 (Starring Chris Hemsworth as Thor The God of Thunder)".
What moral lessons did you take away from this movie? If you haven't watched it, would you dare to? Leave a comment below!
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