Essay on Avatar as an Allegory

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Avatar as an Allegory
HUM3321-14
Sean Gilman

Avatar as an Allegory
HUM3321-14
Sean Gilman

Sean Gilman
Jeffrey Bennett
HUM3321-14
13 December 2011
Avatar as an Allegory
In the 1600s and 1700s, the British began to migrate to and colonize “The New World”, America. As they arrived, they met a society for whom they displayed little compassion and much hostility. The British invaded their land and oppressed the Native American people for hundreds of years due to their cultural differences and lack of understanding. James Cameron’s 2009 film, Avatar mirrors the discovery of the new world, albeit in a very different light. The American military colonizes and destroys land on Pandora, while showing no regard for the welfare of
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Without the rarity of this mineral, humans would have never made there way on to Pandora and they certainly would not have stayed there for an extended period of time. In the aforementioned scenario, if the Na’vi correlates strongly to the Native American tribes of the early colonial period, then the Americans have to symbolize the European pilgrims and explorers of early America. Many of the colonists that came to America were only looking for a peaceful place to stay and religious freedom, but some were only looking for gold and other get rich quick schemes. In these instances the pilgrims would force their way onto land by any means necessary and gave little to no regard about the safety and welfare of the Native American tribes. Just as in Avatar, the colonists would make some attempt to communicate with the “savages”, but they would never really give them a chance. No matter what, the European mindset was totally misguided and blinded to people with differing cultures and beliefs. The Na’vi was treated exactly the same way. The avatars were created in an attempt to move the Na’vi elsewhere, out of their own land and homes, just so the Americans could continue mining the rich resources on Pandora. The amount of symbolism that James Cameron creates here between the oppression of the Native Americans and the utter disregard for the Na’vi is quite astounding and obvious really. In their minds, the humans believe

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