Avatar seven step outline

28 02 2010

Karen Damiani, Teacher: Damien Pierce

3 Act Narrative: seven step outline – Avatar

  1.  The set up


Set in the future Corporal Jake Sully is a marine war veteran who has become a paraplegic and appears depressed and ostracized by his disability. He has been frozen to be taken to another planet called Pandora which is inhabited by an alien race called Na’vi. Jakes twin brother has been killed and Jake is genetically compatible to take the place in his twin brother’s avatar. The avatar is a Na’vi-human hybrid body operated by genetically linked humans to conduct research on the planet and its inhabitants. Due to his military background he is also aligned to the private military force present to defend the project.  Also possibly to relocate or destroy the apparent inhumanely hostile Na’vi to allow an Earth mining company to take possession of valuable mineral deposits of unobtainium. He is motivated by the promise of having access to an expensive operation to have his mobility restored if he is successful in providing information and support to the General of the military force.

  1.  Inciting Incident

After taking on the identity of his brothers avatar Jake learnt the value of the culture of the Na’vi and their relationship with the land, flora and fauna. He also became more aware of the exploitative intentions of the mining company and their propaganda strategies.

  1. Act One Turning Point

Jake continues studying the Na’vi and grows close to Neytiri the daughter of the clan’s spiritual leader.  Jake is eventually initiated into the clan and falls in love with Neytiri forming a bond with her as mates.   She takes him to the clans ‘Tree of Life’ where he learns of the connection between Na’vi and the land. 

  1. Mid- Point

They make love and fall asleep under the tree and are awakened by a bulldozer threatening to destroy the tree.  Jake changes his allegiance from the mining company to support the Na’vi and battles the bull dozer disabling it and being recognised in the process.

  1. Act Two Turning Point

Jake is given one hour to convince the Na’vi to leave their ‘Home Tree’ which is going to be destroyed.  The clan learns of his original mission and Neytiri feels betrayed and takes Jakes and Graces avatars captive.

  1. Act Three Turning Point

The General of the Military force declares war and working with the new clan leader he gains the trust brings together all of the different Pandora clans to repel the invaders.  With the new clan leader Jake leads the people of Pandora into battle and assists them with his military knowledge. He also brings in the help of the Tree of Life’ and so the creatures.

  1. Resolution ( or denouncement)

The war is over and Pandora is saved.  The earth invaders are sent home, with some that have assisted Pandora being allowed to stay. The general locates where Jakes human body lies joined to his avatar and breaches Jakes protection from the Pandora atmosphere which is deadly for humans.  Neytiri kills the General, recognises Jake in his human form and reconfirms her love for him in any form.  She saves him and takes him to the Tree of Life where he is permanently transferred into his avatar Na’vi form. He learns that Grace is finally happy having become a part of the Tree of Life and he is given leadership of the Omaticaya.




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