Avatar Think about the movie Avatar What is it about? Watch the trailer Avatar Read the article entitled, “Movie's blue-skinned aliens aim to open our eyes to War on Terror” What is the article saying about the overall message in the movie? What is the article saying about the overall message in the movie? Allegory Definition: a complete and self contained narrative that can can also be applied to a parallel set of external situations that may be political, moral, religious, or philosophical. In other words…it tells a real story and a symbolic story simultaneously! Allegories vs. Symbolism Allegories differ from symbols! RECALL: symbols are objects. They stand for themselves and something more obscure, while allegories are symbolic narratives. Avatar allegory Real story: Symbolic story: •Movie about aliens •Drawing parallels to American War on Terror (Iraq and Afghanistan). •A love story •Fighting “terror with terror.” Allegorical example Lord of the Flies: Real Story: Symbolic Story: •Boys crash landing on island •Savagery vs. the desire for power The Crucible allegory Real story: Symbolic story: The Crucible, Act 1 In pairs, take a close look at Act 1 and identify at least 3 specific quotes that show a clear parallel between the Salem witch trials and McCarthyism.