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Anonymous:In usual fairytale movies, filmmakers intend to make films that give happy endings with simple miraculous entertainments. However, in the fable movie, Edward Scissorhand, the director, Tim Burton, positions the viewers to understand the significant meaning of particular issues. “E.S” is can be seen as a story of stereotypical suburbia with social criticism. In this essay, starting from analysing this film and providing dominant discourse, the use of characters will be discussed followed by debate of technical and symbolic codes which help to put up the discourse. In particular, this essay will consider the technical code of camera angle and symbolic codes of colour which emphasize the dominant discourse.
The dominant discourse of Edward Scissorhand, namely conformity is carefully constructed by Burton in order to confront the viewer with an ironical aspect of being fitted in society. Firstly, for the first half of the film as Peg Boggs tells Edward that ‘blending is the secret’, viewers are positioned to feel positive for conformity with a perspective of blending in society can makes people’s lives easier and happier. Use of scenes of event such as barbecues and Christmas parties encourages viewer with comfort and peace of conformity. Secondly, as Burton presents a scene of housewives gossiping about the difference of Edward in early stage, viewers are position to be aware of that conforming into society can be dangerous. Then, from last half of the film, the viewers are positioned to view conformity negatively as Burton presents stereotypical image of housewives wanting nothing of Edward and eventually pushing him out of town, back to his mansion. Finally, the viewers are positioned to see the conformity negatively as a social cohesion turns people to a mob and throw-outs Edward from town.
Creation of characters like Edward, Peg, and Joyce helps out to make Burton’s points as use of these characters aids the construction of the discourse. Firstly, a mother of the town, Peg is portrayed as a warm loving mother of town in order to privilege the dominant discourse showing viewers that this suburbia is tenderly connected and being loved. In contrast, by appearance of a horny sexual character, Joyce, viewers are positioned to see the danger of a woman as she rallies support which turns into a mob after she fails to proceed what she wants – sexual intercourse. However, the actions of main character, Edward, and the clothes worn him and more importantly, an awkward looks of him with scissors for hands positions the viewers to see him as a person who can't and never will fit in ordinary suburbia. Burton’s use of these characters is to convince viewer that whether conformity is good or bad, distinct individual is always to be left behind.
The symbolic code of colour and technical code of camera angles are not only used to support the dominant discourse, but also to make a clear aspect of Edward’s difference to the society. Burton uses a technical code in which the camera is shotted from the castle windows showing all of houses look same and insignificant. Use of colour such as the repetition of all the houses' yards as greenish colour and houses being in one colour encourage viewer with the conformity of the town. Furthermore, the bright colour of suburbia and dark and doomed image of Gothic castle present how awkward the individual can be seen in such town.
In conclusion, Edward Siccorhand is a touching film as Burton’s representation of the character and use of techniques in ‘E, S’ accomplish his goal of presenting power of conformity and the point of view about an individual who cannot comfort and mainstream to society. The director, Burton has succeeded in reinforcing viewers with his discourse of conformity being negative as it harms people.
can someone do the spelling check?
It is a light and very human movie-- serendipitiously, I have just come from watching it downstairs on TV not 10 minutes ago. Your essay is probably quite appropriate for your class, but is far too turgid for me to wade through checking spellings. Don't you have a dictionary?
The word 'horny' does not fit well with the analytical tone of your essay. In fact, I suggest that you should not use it in any essay, because it is slang-y and not appropriate in polite company.
Best wishes, Clive
Anonymous:this is a good essay, i am alos doing an essay on edward scissorhands.
Anonymous:First, the movie is called Edward Scissorhands, remember the 's'. Second, this sentences:
Burton’s use of these characters is to convince viewer"S" that whether conformity is good or bad, distinct individual"ITY" is always to be left behind.
However, the actions of "THE" main character, Edward, and the clothes worn "BY" him and more importantly, 'an awkward looks of him with scissors for hands' (try to rephrase) positions the viewers to see him as a person who 'can't' (better word?), and never will, fit in ordinary suburbia.
I dont have much time right now, so i may post something else later.
Anonymous:thankyou for that it was relly helpful
Anonymous:I think that is an excellent analysis. I would add to it however. I'm sure you are aware that one of the taglines of the film was "the tale of an uncommonly gentle man". Burton, in my humble opinion, is trying to say that being gentle and kind is more important than comforming, as we see in the film when Edwards sweet nature gets the better of him and also people being disapproving of his benevolent ways and veiws. He tries to please everybody, to try and fit in, and of course this ends in destruction which you pointed out clearly. We should never aim to please everyone. I also feel that this film greatly illustrates the great power of love, and that love is something everyone should be able to give and recive, at least once. If you have requited love with someone, you will always be with them and affecting their ways and life -- just like with Kim and Edward. No one deserves to be lonely. No matter how different. So, basically, be yourself, please yourself, be kind, love and avoid exclusion of others. Celebrate difference, I think is a good place to leave it xxx
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