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Imperialism in Avatar

By Ben Fick, Kyle Patino, and Cera Vu
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on 20 February 2013

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photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli By: Ben Fick, Kyle Patino, and Cera Vu Imperialism in Avatar James Cameron Director James Cameron acknoledged that Avatar is "certainly about imperialism in the sense that the way human history has always worked is that people with more military or technological [powers] tend to supplant or destroy people who are weaker, usually for their resources." Events Destruction of the Home Tree - Event The bulldozing of the Tree of Voices (Whispering Trees) - Event Attempt to bomb the Sacred Tree, or the Tree of Souls - Quote - "You throw a stick in the air around here it's gonna land on some sacred fern" - Parker Selfridge
- Another indifference towards inhabitants' religion and nonchalance to their beliefs Quotes - "Look, Sully, find out what these blue monkeys want. We try to give them medicine and education. Roads! But no, they like mud. I wouldn't care except their d*mn village is sitting right over the richest unobtanium deposit for a hundred klicks in any direction. Which sucks, for them, because they need to relocate." - Parker Selfridge
- Words represents invaders bending the will of the natives as opposed to bending to the natives Destruction of the indigenous villages when larger, more dominating countries invade for natural resources or cheap labor for profitable money and expanding of power and rule Out of total disregard for natives' religion, the humans only desired the surplus amount of unobtanium deposit under it. Another incidence of where the upper hand shows no sentiment towards the importance of Na'vi's religion or their religious deity, Eywa. Quotes - "It is hard to fill a cup which is already full." - Mo'At
- The indigenous natives understood that the overbearing, prevailing humans believe that they are superior in knowledge and in power because of their machinery Symbols - Mechanical suits are representative of superior military (which tends to accompany imperialistic nations in their campaigns against weaker nations) - Unobtainium being more valuable than native's ancestral home and to some, more than the lives of the people (Greed is often a side effect of imperialism, causing other to have bloodshed in order to have more gold or land) Imperialism as the general theme and idea of Avatar Avatar is an obvious "message about dominate, aggressivecultures subjugating a native population in a quest for resources or riches." The film is a metaphor for the European genocides in the Americas as well as Africa, which stain much of the history of Europe. The struggle of the Na'vi can be compared as a 22nd-century version of American colonists against the British, Or how Western power invades the indigenous people (or substitute with Native Americans, Eastern countries, etc.), sees the natives as uncivilized/primitives, and is unable or unwilling to see the virtues in a civilization, while believing this as a favor to the poor natives. Imperialism is the main plot of Avatar, the political message that James Cameron wanted to explain to his audience. This was his lesson to us that our history was relived by "sort of looking back at ourselves from this other world [to see] what we're doing here." Imperialism - (Noun) - the policy, practice, or advocacy of extending the power and dominion of a nation especially by direct territorial acquisitions or by gaining indirect control over the political or economic life of other areas; broadly : the extension or imposition of power, authority, or influence -Arrows in bulldozer wheel represents natives' disapproval of the imperialism acting upon their land
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