Fighting Back

A theme in James Cameron's "Avatar"


The theme of fighting back is used in the film when the humans (or "sky people") destroy the Omaticaya's home tree and kill many of their people. The Omaticaya tribe decide they've had enough of the human's cruelty so they unite all of the Na'vi tribes to fight back against the sky people. The Na'vi use everything in their arsenal from, people to weapons and even the animals, to fight back to protect their land. A quote that can be associated with this theme is "All I ever wanted was a single thing worth fighting for" by Jake Sully, he says this at the start of the movie when his life has no purpose and nothing worth fighting for but in the end, he finds his thing worth fighting for, the Na'vi people. The Na'vi end up winning in the end by driving the sky people away and killing Colonel Miles Quaritch, thus ending with ownership over their land.

Relation to real life

A real life event which followed the theme of fighting back was the anti apartheid protests. the Apartheid, which was started in 1948 by the Afrikaaners, was a system where races of whites and non-whites were seperated in South Africa. The Blacks were treated like dirt by the whites and they decided to fight back in the Anti Apartheid movement. Protests were held in many instances including the 1981 Springbok tour of New Zealand, and also many black African nations boycotting the 1978 Montreal Olympics. The Apartheid was eventually removed in 1994 when Nelson Mandela was elected as South Africa's first black president. The Blacks fought back against the government. There were and are many protests going on, fighting for peoples beliefs.

Director's Purpose

The directors purpose was to show us that we can fight back against the odds even if they are heavily stacked against us. If it is our home or even the smallest things that are worth fighting for, then we should surely fight back. Another good quote by Jake Sully is
"...we will show the Sky People that they cannot take whatever they want! And that this... THIS IS OUR LAND!!!!" This quote shows the willingness to fight in Jake Sully and the rest of the Na'vi. This theme could be used to emphasize the problem with bullying as the Na'vi were bullied a lot in the film