I really was excited to write my essay on the movie Avatar which is one of my favorite films, it was released in 2009. This movie correlates about society and different kinds of people in it. It connects very well to all of the four perspectives. The functionalist, Conflict Perspective, and lastly The Symbolic Interaction. One of the main characters is Jake Sully, a former Marine who is in a wheelchair. He is very Bitter and disillusioned, but he’s still a warrior at heart. Jake wanted something worth fighting for, and he finds it in the place he didn’t expect; on a distant world. He has been chosen to join an expedition to the moon Pandora, which corporate interests are strip-mining for a mineral worth $20 billion per kilogram on Earth. To further in their work, the humans use a link system that projects a person’s consciousness into a hybrid of humans and Pandora’s indigenous humanoids, the Na’vi, which is known as the “AVATAR”. To begin, my opinion that it relates to the conflict perspective more so than any of the other perspectives.
In this film, the human race is showing dominance towards the Avatar race by invading their community and destroying their ‘home tree’. The conflict perspective is put in play by that in order to understand society; we must understand the struggle between groups. The human race will always try their hardest to keep their status through manipulation, exploitation and control. In this movie, the human race demanded war because the Avatars wouldn’t move from their home tree where there was a billion dollar rock that the humans were there for. By starting a war and bombing their home tree, the humans maintained their status as a power group and failed to understand a different community in many different ways. Furthermore, this film also correlates to the functional perspective. This perspective states that in order to understand society, we must look at it in terms of parts and whole systems.
Once more, the human race failed to see that even though these were by far different people from another planet; they didn’t understand that they were still living creatures with their own lifestyles and families that they have to take care of. They destroyed their life and were only worried about themselves and would take down anything in their way in order to get the gold. Lastly, this amazing movie also relates strongly to the symbolic interaction, just as much as the conflict perspective. But I’m only going to talk about to that stuck out to me. Personally the symbolic parts about the avatar that I picked up on were first, Avatar: According to Sanskrit, Avatar means one who crosses over. The avatars in the movie were created to be vehicles which would allow human beings to cross over to communicate with the Na’vi people because they looked like them and they wouldn’t be afraid of them.
Next, Blue: The Na’vi people are blue and alot of the scenes in the movie on the planet are in many different shades of blue. The color blue is symbolic of new beginnings, strength and freedom. Blue skies are emblematic of better opportunities. Blue is the color of loyalty and faith. Blue is power. Many say Blue is also the color of protection. Blue symbolism is nearly universal in meaning. To conclude, blue is used in national flags and many symbols around the world, including the flag of the United Nations States of America. To end, this is what I got from watching this movie and how I viewed something’s about it. This is a great film to watch and learn about symbolic interactionism, functionalism, or conflict. Each one played different roles on how I came up with my reasons.
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