What is the major theme in the movie Avatar?  Was this screenplay written by James Cameron?  What problems are tackled in the film?

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The 2009 blockbuster film Avatar was written and directed by American filmmaker James Cameron. There are several major themes that appear within the movie, but they are all woven together by the theme of self-discovery. Set in the twenty-second century, Avatar tells the story of Jake Sully's journey to the distant but habitable moon Pandora. Looking to escape and begin a new life, Sully (a paraplegic former Marine) travels to Pandora, which is home to the Naʼvi people—blue-skinned humanoids who stand up to ten feet tall. Humans have arrived to colonize the planet and mine for precious minerals which can be used in high technology. After Jake falls in love with one of the Naʼvi people, he is forced to pick sides, which brings about questions about his core identity.

There are strong ecological themes running through Cameron's Avatar as well. The Naʼvi have a naturalistic religion which worships the mother goddess Eywa, and they live in complete harmony with their environment. The human...

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