Essay by naomicgbHigh School, 10th gradeA, October 2014

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Describe an inspiring character in the text/film. Explain how this character inspires both other characters in the text and viewers/readers worldwide. Use examples of visual and/or oral features to support your points.

Avatar, directed by James Cameron, is the compelling and suspenseful story of a futuristic extraterrestrial world, where corporate greed is relentless, at the expense of both the environment and the indigenous population, the Na'vi. James Cameron creates a strong, stubborn and extremely inspiring character in Jake Sully, the protagonist and hero of the film. Various oral and visual techniques, such as dialogue, voice over, montage, low angle-shot, and establishing shot are used throughout the film to show the importance of Jake Sully- stunningly portrayed by Sam Worthington- and the morals he stands for. Throughout the film, viewer can not only understand the idea of corporate greed at the expense of the environment and indigenous population, but can also see that Jake Sully is easy to relate to, reliable, and a real role model who has the ability to change a world forever.

From the beginning of the film, it is clear that Jake Sully is a strong protagonist. Voice over is used throughout the entire film, to allow viewers to get to know Jake. The first line of the film, a voice over introducing Jake is the narrator and main character, gives viewers the first glimpse into Jake's mind and history: "When I was lying there in the VA hospital, with a big hole blown through the middle of my life, I started having these dreams of flying. Sooner or later though you always have to wake up"

This first voice over is effective because it shows that Jake has a trouble past, yet he is a dreamer. His wishes and dreams make him easy to...