Post by Apocalypsering on Dec 8, 2007 13:38:28 GMT -5
Zuko was never on his side. Not for a single second. (Unless you count the most recent of events) The closest Zuko ever came to being on Aang's side was freeing Appa, and that really doesn't mean he sided with Aang. It was just part of his whole conversion arc. Aang has yet to be betrayed by someone close to him that I know of.
Let's just agree (or agree to disagree, as the case may be) that Aang's symbolism comes from a blending of the Western and Eastern traditions. There is, I believe, a kind of universal mythos (Joseph Campbell called it the monomyth) that can be found in Avatar.
Basically the idea is that much of our symbolic language and literary symbolism is common to virtually all cultures, histories, and even religions. The fact is that A:TLA is written (brilliantly, IMO) in such a way that multiple symbolic languages and universal symbolism is used in layers. Because of this, people of different backgrounds, different religions, and different literary tastes and experiences interpret the symbols which are most familiar to them in the ways that are most familiar to them.
Bottom line: you're both right!
"I will never, ever, turn my back on people who need me"
I think that this is a spectacular theory, but keep in mind that symbols in media and books do not stand for one thing alone. They are symbols because they can mean many things. Otherwise, they would be allusions.
I think that we all have realize that we're going overload with symbolism here.
I doubt the writer's would put the...dozens of symbols you might have pointed out here or meant it. Sure it correlates with what you're trying to get across, but I think that you guys are trying to make too much of something.
We can point to a random story and read it, and we can name possibly dozens of symbols around it, but the author probably never meant most of it.
For example, we can say something like, Harry Potter's wand symbolizes his responsibilities as a growing person since he is still maturing, etc.
You guys are just making too much out of the A:TLA universe. It's good you know what symbolism is, but I can say 100% that some of the symbolism you've covered so far, the writers did not do it intentionally.
Well, yeah, but it's kinda funny looking through these symbols and trying to figure out if the writers leave any hints. I write a lot of stories myself (I'm not a published author, no. I'll aim for that when I'm a little older), I love leaving these little sneaky symbols as plot hints. And I'm an amateur writer, so professional writers will probably do it a lot more. Anyway, it is a good discussion point. I agree a lot of them were unintenional or meaningless. I mean, we're not exactly gonna find out that katara is Moses in disguise
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