Within this project, the thematic representations of colonialism and imperialism within Avatar: The Last Airbender are explored through the topics of genocide, environmental imperialism, propaganda, and imprisonment. Through primary source analysis and literature review, events from the series are compared to historical examples during expansion such as Manifest Destiny, the Scramble for Africa, and apartheid. Similarities are cast between the Fire Nation and different imperialistic governments to determine whether Avatar is a good representation of these themes and how its portrayal could impact children’s media when displaying historical concepts.
Semester/Year of Award
John T. Strada
Mentor Department Affiliation
Open Access Thesis
Department Name when Degree Awarded
Government and Economics
Christian, Jared M., "When the Fire Nation Attacked: A View of the Colonialism and Imperialism Within Avatar: The Last Airbender" (2021). Honors Theses. 863.