THTRFLM 1T03 Lecture Notes - Everyman, Escapism, Individualism

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Its popularity is a sign of its cultural significance. Identify with jake as a handicap who can"t use his legs. Jake is an average character: use of first person shot is important, avatar the idea of existing in a new body, why might the experience be appealing, he can use his legs again as an avatar. Jake is our everyman: more relatable character, represents a person who is overcoming the limitations of a human being, appealing to our culture, avatar gives him freedom. Escapism is a dismissive term but it is worth thinking about. Escapist art is often seen as a means to preserve the status quo. Avatar is a metaphor for movie going people go to the movies to escape from their daily lives, just as jake does in his avatar sarcophagus. Avatar convinces us to face problems in our own world, but also to find a means to escape our world.

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