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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 relate to for a wide audience, as unfortunately so many people wish they could change things about their lives. A wide-angle mid-shot in the first few minutes of the film alerts the viewers that Jake is paraplegic, paralyzed from the waist down. The shot shows Jake on a military shuttle that has just arrived at their final destination: Pandora. This shot is important as it shows Jake's disability in comparison with the other, fully abled men. The fact that Jake is paraplegic makes his journey throughout the film more exciting and inspiring. In this same scene, Jake's stubborn qualities are first shown, again through voice over. "There's no such thing as an ex marine. You may be out, but you never lose the attitude". This stubbornness becomes a key quality of Jake's throughout the film, and sometimes works to his advantage and disadvantage. It is a disadvantage as it gets him into trouble with authority figures, however is an advantage in the end because it enables him to overlook others opinions and see beyond expectation, molding his own views and opinions in a way that is both admirable and praiseworthy. The way that Jake's actions and headstrong personality get him into trouble makes him real as a character, showing...

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