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In your view, what is the most important idea conveyed in Wall-E?I need help writing an...

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nk1998 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted March 7, 2011 at 12:55 AM via web

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In your view, what is the most important idea conveyed in Wall-E?

I need help writing an oral task under 2 minutes. Also, I need examples of ideas from the movie and I need to focus on ONE key scene to support my analysis. I need organised ideas and a clear introduction and conclusion.

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justaguide | College Teacher | (Level 2) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 7, 2011 at 9:33 AM (Answer #2)

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Wall-E is a dystopia set around 700 years in the future. It is a tale of what the present consumption driven societies that we live in, where no one really cares about the damage we are causing to Nature and threatening our very survival on this planet, could finally lead to.

There are basically two themes in the movie: one is the life of Wall-E, how he has developed from being a mere machine to an entity that has feelings, emotions and desires. And the other is the state that humans beings have brought themselves to, which with the extremes shown is scary.

You can choose to highlight any of the two themes. There are many scenes that can be used appropriately for either of them. It isn't possible for me to write the complete script for you but I'm sure if you look at the movie again, and try to identify relevant scenes and the entire emotional backdrop you will be able to create a great piece of work.

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 30, 2011 at 8:00 AM (Answer #3)

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I have not seen the movie in several years, but the scene I still remember is the scene in which EVERYTHING is SUPER-sized and people do virtually no physical acts for themselves. I remember the huge-ness of the scene, tas well as the garish colors and outrageous contraptions which make life easier for those who live there. The commentary, of course, is that one day we will no longer be willing--or able--to do any activity because we have consumed ourselves into mindless gluttony in all areas of our lives. Not so far away from what we are now, I fear.

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ncchemist | eNotes Employee

Posted May 1, 2011 at 5:31 PM (Answer #4)

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A lot of people see Wall-E as a family-friendly environmental film warning us about the future consequences of damaging the environment.  In the audio commentary the filmmakers contend that they did not intend to make an environmental "message" film.  I feel that the biggest idea conveyed in Wall-E is warning people about the dangers of overconsumption and overreliance on technology.  The B&L corporation (Big & Large) depicted in the film is a fairly brilliant and none too subtle jab at a well known US corporation which operates on large scale consumption and consummerism.  Humans in the film have not only made the planet uninhabitable through excessive consumption/consummerism but they have made themselves essentially useless and simply slaves to the automation of their gigantic space vessel.  I feel that this is the biggest idea conveyed in the film.

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Noelle Thompson | High School Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted May 23, 2011 at 10:42 AM (Answer #5)

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Although both of my children adore Wall-E, ... I consider this movie to house true horrors.  I was VERY disturbed by this story.  Why?  I felt like it was the future of our society:  a society in love with a technology that both sustains it and hinders it.

I think the scene that disturbed me the most (and the one that you could use for the oral portion of your project) would be the one where the x-ray shows the bones of humans have actually devolved, ... because they weren't needed.

Yet another scene that bothered me is when people are focused upon in there little do-everything chairs, ... which allow them to talk, even change clothes at the touch of a button, and actually encourage them not to attempt movement upon falling!

And yet here I am, doing work on my computer.  Scary as heck!

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lmetcalf | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted May 23, 2011 at 11:29 AM (Answer #6)

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I don't remember the specifics of a the scene, but the image of WALL-E's almost vain attempt at human emotion or connection with the other machine is heartbreaking. WALL-E's desire for that connection is what makes him "real" and makes the viewer empathize with him and the the world he lives in. 

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 25, 2011 at 2:25 AM (Answer #7)

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I think there are a couple of important issues. One is the environmental concerns, of course. That is an obvious one. However, the health of the people in space is also important. Because they don't have a planet to move around in, they are mostly obsess and sedentary. Our quality of life is directly linked to the quality of our planet.
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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 28, 2012 at 1:24 AM (Answer #8)

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One message that comes through Wall-E, perhaps as an undercurrent, is the idea that if we want others to care for us, we have to care for them first.

This can be seen in the love story as Wall-E continues to show affection for a robot that does not reciprocate for quite a while. We can also see it in the environmental story of the film if we read things a bit more metaphorically.

The earth will provide/care for us only if we provide/care for it.

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arrellbelle | Student, College Sophomore | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted July 29, 2014 at 5:06 PM (Answer #9)

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I love Wall-E! When watching it, I did notice a very big theme and that was when human beings were very focused and self-reliant upon the technology and emerging technology. This has resulted in us losing our ability to think for ourselves and using our ability to walk with our own legs. What the movie is telling us is that technology obviously helps lessen the difficulties in our lives, but we should also experience life ourselves and figure things out on our own. 

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