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Biblical Narrative and Themes in WALL-E

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Allison de Hoop

on 6 April 2011

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Biblical Narrative
and Themes in WALL-E Main Narrative Characters Plot Summary Christ-Figure Overriding Theme of Environmental Care "Put on Your Sunday Clothes"
setting Meet Wall-E
Billboards explain history
Eve Probe
Plant to Axiom
Axiom to Earth Absence of Dialogue
Viewer interpretation vs. Biblical interpretation Genesis 6 - 9: Noah and the Ark Axiom = the Ark Garbage covering Earth = the Flood
Genesis 7:21-23 "All flesh died that moved on the earth... [and] every living thing..." (NRSV) Begins in the middle but why? Warnings and Consequences in the Bible Those who, "found favour in the sight of the Lord" were saved." Genesis 6:8 (NRSV) People aboard the Axiom Leviticus 18:26, 28 (NRSV) Keep [God's] statutes and ordinances and commit [no] abominations... otherwise the land will vomit you out for defiling it..." When Adam and Eve disobeyed God "sent [them] forth from the garden of Eden..." Gen. 3:23 (NRSV) Noah's Ark - Genesis 6:5-7

"The Lord saw that the wickedness of humankind was great in the earth... and the Lord was sorry... So the Lord said, 'I will blot out from the earth the human beings I have created...'" Trash = wickedness of humankind Dove = Probe Robot 700 Years no plant is found, then one day the plant is found and the probe brings it to the Axiom
(Genesis 8:9,11) Olive branch = Plant The people aboard the Axiom also "went out of the[ir] ark..." as in Genesis 8:19 "Be Fruitful and Multiply" Genesis 9:1 Mary says, "John, get ready to have some kids!" Captain: "You kids are going to grow all kinds of plants: vegetable plants, pizza plants!" "As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest... shall not cease." Genesis 8:22 The Flood Time to Return The People Wall-E - Waste Allocation Load Lifter, Earth-Class EVE - Extra-terrestrial Vegetation Evaluator Robot with a Personality!
700 year job
pet cockroach
Is there more to life?
(Andrew Stanton Commentary) Directive Compare with Adam, Genesis 1, 2 only man on Earth
innocent (compared to Eve) "It is not good that man should be alone" Genesis 2:18

Eve is created/Eve Robot comes EVE vs. Biblical Eve (See Genesis 3:20) "Male and female [God] created them." Genesis 1:27 Robot among robots; Human amongst humankind Step off exact path "floor lines" (M-O)
Returns humans' jumpsuit color to normal (different from all other passangers)
Wall-E shows them a new way of life
2 Corinthians 5:17 "So, if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!" (NRSV) M-O and rogue robots almost immediately become Wall-E's followers and help him with his pursuits
In Matthew 4:18 James and John, "immediately... left their boat... and followed [Christ]" Persecution steward bots & "Caution, Rogue Robots" signs
Mark 14:1 "The chief preists and scribes were looking for a way to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him." Wall-E dies (computer chip is destoryed) by 'Otto' the Auto-pilot while putting plant in holo-detector, saving the people
..."Pilate... handed him over to be crucified." Mark 15:15 Pontius Pilate = Auto-pilot For the People Resurrection Mark 16:6 "He has been raised; he is not here." Eve fixes and charges Wall-E
Is awake, but not recognising Eve - default mode Christ reveals himself, "after he rose..., he appeared first to Mary Magdalene..." Mark 16:9
Wall-E reveals himself to Eve after a 'spark,' hand clasps Image References
http://www.flickr.com/photos/wdkrebs/2484345978/ Build up of waste on Earth, around Earth, on Axiom/in space

Similar to Jeremiah 12:13, "They have made it a desolation;... The whole land is made desolate, but no one lays it to heart."

"Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture, but you must tread down with your feet the rest of your pasture? when you drink of clear water, must you foul the rest with your feet?" Ezekiel 34:18 Forsakeness Inspiration from the Bible Genesis 9:2-3 "Into your hand [every animal is] delivered... and just as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything."

Like if God said, 'This is in your hands, not mine.' It is humans' responsibility to care for the Earth "You shall not pollute... [or] defile the land in which you live, in which I also dwell." Numbers 35:33-34

"Are the trees human beings that they should come under siege from you?" Deuteronomy 20:19 Realization in WALL-E
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