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Eco critical Analysis of James Cameron's Avatar

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Deanna Atkins

on 21 April 2016

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Unobtainium is a grey mineral that humans find very expensive and sells for $20 million dollars per kilo.
Literary Review: Aldo Leopold
He is a conservationist, forester, philosopher, educator, writer and outdoor enthusiast and famous author of collection of stories called:
A Sand County Almanac
He learned that humans need to treat nature with respect.
Avatar: Plot
Avatar is a future and sci-fi fantasy film set in the year 2154 about a group of powerful humans under the operation name of RDA Corporation who explores the moon called Pandora to mine a precious and expensive mineral called unobtainium. However, the humans are met with trouble in the form of the native people of the moon called the Na’vi.
Jake Sully
Dr. Grace Augustine
The Na'vi
The Omaticaya clan lives in a tree they call Hometree. It is one of the ancient trees on Pandora “that are two to three times the height of the redwoods that once were seen in the Pacific Northwest on Earth. The circumference of Hometree is great enough to house hundreds of clan members.
“Their damn village happens to be resting on the richest Unobtainium deposit within 200 clicks in any direction. I mean look at all that cheddar.”
James Cameron’s Avatar “is unquestionably the most successful ‘green’ film in the history of cinema."
Tree of Souls
“The Tree of Souls is a giant willow-like tree that is said to be the closest connection to Eywa on Pandora. The tree is a point of extreme spiritual significance to the Na'vi, more so than any other point on Pandora."
an Ecocritical Analysis of James Cameron's

The relationship humans have with nature and how humans treat nature in texts and film.
“Ecocriticism takes as its subject the interconnections between nature and culture, specifically the cultural artifacts of language and literature”
The Bond: "tsahaylu"
The relationship between humans and the environment had never before been shown at such an intimate level as Cameron had done in this film.
Ecocritical Examples
Influence on Society
"This...this is our Land!"
by Deanna Atkins
A cloned Na’vi humanoid, initially created in vitro on Earth, and then allowed to grow to maturity in an amnio tank. The cloned avatar has the body structure and physiology of a Pandoran native” but with some changes like five fingers and toes on each limb instead of four and smaller eyes.
The Na’vi are able to connect with the trees around them and to animal life by a bond, or what they call ‘tsahaylu.’ They do this by connecting their ‘queue’ to another.
Jake learns a new viewpoint on how to care and respect the environment and how wrong the humans are for coming and trying to take from it in ways the Na’vi had never known was possible.
“The past several years have been untroubled by Avatar video games or novels."
"Cameron’s rhapsody in blue has shrunk from, the public consciousness”
A critical environmental message “That all living beings are connected and that those who seek to exploit nature rather than respect it will only destroy themselves.”
“Avatar was more than a movie. It was a cultural earthquake.”
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