I am having all the Katara feels at the moment
I think my favourite thing about Katara’s arc is that so much of it is about weaponizing who she is, where she comes from and her emotions? A lot is made of the fact that Katara fulfils this conventionally feminine slot and role on the show, often in a really fantastic and empowering way which says that femininity does not weaken you or mean you should not be listened to and respected, but if you consider that emotions and Katara’s emotional responses play into that- Katara turns that into a weapon. It’s not that Katara doesn’t use traditional weapons in the way of her bending, but her motivation in the war is her mother, is her father, is what it’s done to her friends and brother and her family in general. Her great moments of strength come from emotional excess- seeing Zuko downed by Azula in the finale, or her anger at Hama hurting her friends, or when Azula kills Aang.
That’s what I meant when I made that graphic with the lyric ‘my heart is a weapon of war’ and said it fit her. Katara’s emotions are not only her strength, but also the weapons she uses to fight in the war. She takes these things everyone would claim made her weak- her grudges and her anger and her hope and her loss- and she turns them into something to not only fight for, but also WITH. And so many of them are emotions that aren’t usually seen in feminine, female characters like Katara. Katara isn’t even just angry, she’s full of RAGE, and she’s got grudges that she never lets go of. She doesn’t forgive or forget a lot of the time, not really.
Damn, I love Katara.
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