Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Last Avatar: Katara and Sokka

Continuing with the Avatar: The Last Airbender thing that I have going on, this week I will focus on the two members in Aang's gang who hail from the Water Tribe. Those two are the siblings Katara and Sokka.

Katara is one of the only two surviving water-benders from the South Pole, the other being the puppet master who resides in the Fire Nation. She's portrayed as a youth who is more mature than her age lets on. And with her motherly attributes, Katara often holds the group together when things get tough. The only problem that I have with her is that she was a very static character. Her personality remained more or less the same as the series went on. However, I guess there wasn't much of another direction in which she could have gone.

Sokka, on the other hand, I view more as a dynamic character. Yes, he's often portrayed as the series' comic relief, but he managed to grow up from imagining himself as being a fierce warrior in the beginning of the series into a great leader in the ultimate time of crisis. Sokka even helped to lay down plans for the invasion of the Fire Nation. And though not a water-bender, he has to rely on more conventional ways of defending himself, which he often does with his boomerang and some kind of sword, be it a machete or an awesome space sword.

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