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The tale of Quetzalcoatl and Mel Gibson'sfilm "Apocalypto".

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´╗┐Kathleen Lopez Dr. G. Davies-Morris HUM 160 ? Section 1 September 22, 2011 Word Count: 647 The Tale of Quetzalcoatl and Mel Gibson?s Film ?Apocalypto? During the period of Spanish conquest in the1500s, Meso-American civilizations were ignorant to the Europeans existing on the other side of the world. Due to their ignorance, the Meso-American civilizations created In regards to the tale of Quetzalcoatl and Mel Gibson?s Film ?Apocalypto, the two stories taken place during the 1500s are bounded together through various mythic elements such as a clash of cultures and a connection to the sea. In the tale of Quetzalcoatl, Quetzalcoatl?s is greeted unpleasantly by the presence of Tezcatlipoca, the antagonist. ...read more.

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The Aztecs also participated in the practice of human sacrifice. In addition, the two stories are connected to each other through the correlation of the sea. During both of the stories, Quetzalcoatl and Jaguar Paw each visited the sea during the end of their journeys. For Quetzalcoatl?s connection with the sea, it represented the next phase of life. As for Jaguar Paw, the connection to the sea brought the story back to the beginning but a deconstructive moment occurred when the Europeans arrived on the shores of the beach. Instead of a new beginning like Jaguar Paw hoped for, it was instead the beginning of their end. Furthermore, Jaguar Paw and Zero Wolf depict the typical protagonist and antagonist story line. ...read more.

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Quetzalcoatl was also on a pursuit to come back to his people. During difficult times, people hope for a God to come back as their savior. Queztalcoatl came back through his resurrection. Will Durant?s observation, ?A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within,? refers to the Aztec culture as depicted in the film as disproportionate in wealth as well as the hierarchy of their class system. I believe the observation also denotes the massive pollution and the images of natural resources being used up during the film. Though the film was set in the 1500s, the problems occurring in the Apocalypto are close parallels with what is happening in today?s world with third world countries and the abuse brought on by first world countries such as the United States. ...read more.

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