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avatar skye waterbending and airbending
in all seriousness, we should think about the two elements she was seen manipulating, here. water represents change, which is the primary theme in skye’s life right now. and air is freedom. when she fires off the air blast, she chooses gordon of SHIELD of any kind.  she has taken off her gauntlets, which while well-intended, served more as shackles. throughout her change, she’s tried to hide and control it. but now, she seems ready to set her powers free, and in turn, free herself.

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A few symbolism notes: 

  • In the first two gifs, the Firelord is the larger figure, appearing large, and in the foreground of the shot. This symbolizes their importance, dominance, and power. 
  • Interestingly, with each succeeding shot (from Sozin, to Ozai, to Zuko) the camera gets further and further away from the Firelord (or rather, the background becomes more prominent than the foreground).
    • However, Sozin and and Ozai’s shot parallel each other more compared to the one of Zuko.
    • I also find it interesting that for Sozin, the camera is level with him, but for Ozai it’s tilted upward.
  • For Zuko’s shot in the finale, we get a bunch of symbolism that denotes him as a bringer of peace, and as someone who views all the nations as equal (Zuko isn’t the prominent figure the shot). In fact, it looks like everyone is given about equal space. 
    • Plus, we have Aang thrown in there, which gives us some more of that symbolism. Two bringers of peace standing side-by-side on equal ground. 
Hair, Symbolism, and Azula's Descent into Madness

Not my hair! Father always loved my hair!

One of Bryke’s favorite forms of symbolism has to do with hair. We see it with Zuko (both with him cutting his hair in “The Avatar State,” and growing out his hair as  symbol of his gaining wisdom as the series progresses); we see it with Korra when she cuts her hair in “Korra Alone”; with Tarrlok as he adds more and more braids to his hair until he has as many braids as the man that he never wanted to become; we see it with Kuvira whenever she loses control of a situation which causes her hair to become unkempt; and, most notably, we see it with Azula.

The same principle used for Kuvira’s hair symbolism (unkempt hair whenever they lose control) can also be applied to Azula. However, with Azula, it’s not just about control–it’s about perfection. It’s about living up to her father’s standards. After all, shes a prodigy, and Ozai would expect nothing less.  

Azula grew up in a world where she was held up on a pedestal as her father’s prodigy. As such, she was forced not only to surpass her brother in the art of firebending, but to be perfect in every way in order to meet her father’s absurdly high expectations. This caused Azula to be obsessed with perfection and control. Consequently, to be anything but perfect and to lose control would mean falling short of those high standards set by her father.

And that’s precisely what happened. Her plans began to fail, pawns began acting on their own. She was no longer in control. She was no longer perfect. Her world began to fall apart around her, and she was left with nothing but her hallucinations.

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Uhh, I cant believe I’m doing this, but given how I’m kind of obliged to do it because of the name of my blog…

Fruit tarts = sex. 

Sokka has a lei because he got laid (and took Suki’s “flower.”).

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Zuko’s breath of fire in Book 1 v Book 3. I think it’s fair to say that in Book 1, he still hadn’t quite mastered proper breath control but, by Book 3, he has completely mastered it.

Notice how in Book 3 Zuko takes very deep and controlled breaths designed to take in more oxygen while in Book 1 his breaths are very short and quick. Also notice the color of Zuko’s fire. In Book 1, Zuko’s breath of fire is red, meaning that he’s feeding less oxygen into his flame, making the fire somewhat cool. In Book 3, his flame is yellow, meaning that he’s able to feed more oxygen into his fire, which consequently makes his fire hotter.

Now, you can argue that this discrepancy has to do with the fact that in Book 1, Zuko was in the tundra. HOWEVER, in “The Boiling Rock,” Zuko was being kept in the Cooler, which was supposed to prevent firebending. Not to mention that when Chit Sang was in the Cooler before Zuko, we saw him shivering and evidently being very cold. Zuko, on the other hand…