Avatar as symptom: Hollywood mythological narrative and crisis

Fernando Simão Vugman


The present essay analyzes Avatar (2009) by director James Cameron in the context of the great American mythological narratives. With a focus on the performance of the myth of the Frontier and of the Manifest Destiny, in addition to the American Dream, that film’s script, mise-en-scène and characters are discussed as a rupture with Hollywood and mythological conventions. Such a rupture of the conventions of the myth is understood as a symptom of an important crisis currently experienced by American society, thus reflecting the need to rethink the present of the country, as well as its future alternatives.


American mythology; American crisis; Film and technology; Hollywood; Avatar

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.19177/rcc.v9e12014137-144

R. crít. cult., Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina, Santa Catarina, ISSN 1980-6493

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