Films Philosophy

Avatar and the Romantic Temptation

In this episode of Literary Tales, we examine the myths and symbols of James Cameron’s “Avatar” and deconstruct the film as promoting Romanticism against the Enlightenment worldview of technological progress.


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    1. Unfortunately I did not. Though that is another great sci-fi film. But it largely falls, I believe, in the same themes and dialectical progression that I was discussing with the various other films. The UFO is the spiritual reality coming into the material world to bring the “New Jerusalem,” like Star Wars, Close Encounters attacks the techno-governmental tyranny (US Government) with a mythic yearning for a spiritual power (the aliens) coming to bring about human salvation (the invitation to join them), etc.

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