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.
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Edward Scissorhands Essay
Tim Burton created Edward Scissor hands out of his own experiences in Collage. It is Modern Fantasy which uses narrative and Film conventions to create the mixture of Horror and Fantasy. Fantasy films have their own charatestics and those are how we can determine what genre the movie belongs to. A fantasy Film will normally be in an enclosed space, the setting oF Edward scisoor hand is way that Tim Burton makes the film aFantesy film. Like most movies there is a clsh between a villan and the main Charater changes during the film aswel. Many other things make a film what it is like the Charaters the plot and even the sound.
Usually a change occurs in the main Character of a Fantasy Film e, this could be in a good way or a bad way. In Edward scissor hands Edward is the main Character. He is lonely innocent person who lives in a big mansion. Edward has never had contact with humans so when Peg first sees Edward he is very frightened and decides to hide. Moreover the dialogues that Edward says when he first meets Peg is very desperate and scared however at the end of the movie Edward speaks louder and more confidently. During his stay with Peg he wore white clothes as he returned to the castle he cut off the white clothes leaving the black underneath. This shows a change in personality and figure as Edward becomes himself and doesn’t want to change for the people in the community. However during the course of the film Edward gets more and more comfortable with Humans. Even though at the start of the movie Edward liked Kim they fell in love towards the end of the movie. This relationship also made Edward understands humans better, this is why Edward wasn’t afraid to kill Jim to save Kim. If this was at the beginning of the movie Edwards fear and doubt would have stopped him from doing anything like this. The story of Edward scissor hands is like the fairy tale the ‘beauty and the beast’, the monster doesn’t understand people very well and as the movie progresses the beast learns more and more. This shows us that Edward has changed sufficiently throughout the film as he has understood humans better than at the start of the movie. This also has shown us that Edward has changed and became very human like. The change in the film wasn’t physical but rather emotionally and this change happened in a long time and wasn’t a sudden change. However the change of Edward becoming human is one of the most significant changes in Edward scissor hands and the audio and the images contributed to show this change. This is one way Tim Burton creates his Modern fantasy film.
As Edward knows the community better Edward conflicts begins to arise, with himself, the community and...
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