Essay On Classical Archetypes In Avatar

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Mythology has existed since the stone age, and with it came classical archetypal characters and mythological elements which have influenced and continue to influence the work of modern writers. Classical archetypes and mythological elements allow readers and watchers to relate their own personal experiences to the story by connecting to their primal thoughts and feelings. Classical archetypes are used in all writings and especially can be seen in James Cameron's hit film Avatar. Classical archetypes are basically a form of stereotyping, something that every person natural does, so by including classical archetypes into stories characters are more relatable. In order to save Jakes life Neytiri is forced to kill a wild animal that is trying to attack him, after she is successful in killing it she quickly prays over it, full of compassion for the animal, “Forgive me. May your spirit run with the Great Mother” (Cameron). Neytiri is an archetypical character, who follows the Isis archetype. She is a caring, spiritual, and compassionate woman, who believes that everything has a spirit. Even when she is forced to kill animals she prays over them, and asks their spirits to be guided, showing that she is a peaceful person guided by her goddess, the Great Mother. Her character is a common one that many people can relate to, because she has a general personality that is associated with the “good guy”, someone the audience can trust. Colonel Miles is telling Jake to learn the way of the Pandora natives so that the Colonel can use the information to destroy the natives when the time comes, “Look, Sully, I want you to learn this savages from the inside, I want you to gain their trust. I need to know how to force their cooperation or hammer th... ... middle of paper ... ... life, and conquer evil. Humans are simple creatures, that enjoy movies because they have the ability to allow the audience to step out of their own world and into another, one that is simple and undergoes to same story. Which is the hero's journey, a series of twelve steps that make up every story, and just as popular as the hero's journey and efficient, classical archetypes allow the reader to step into a world where every character is easy to understand because they are the same set of characters in each story. Mythological elements go right beside them, by adding twists and turns into movies such as Avatar that the audience already knows, allowing them to relax and understand the film. Classical archetypes and mythological elements allow readers and watchers to relate their own personal experiences to the story by connecting to their primal thoughts and feelings.

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