The story of Edward Scissorhand is a modern day account of beauty and the beast. The main genre of Burton’s film is a Gothic-Horror film with romance and comedy added. The story takes place in suburban America where the majority of members are familiar with each other’s movements and whereabouts. When Peg brings in Edward the majority see him as an outsider, they also choose to use him to the best of their advantage. After a series of events which tarnishes Edward’s name the members of the community begin to view him as someone dangerous. The themes in this movie contain a lot to do with acceptance; it shows us that it is hard to be part of the norm of society when you stand out. The other major theme that only comes to play is love, this love is the type of love that is never meant to be between two very different people. For Edward his love with Peg’s daughter was undeniable but also one that was never meant to happen and could never exist in reality. These themes all mashed up together shows Edward Scissorhands in its finest detail. One of the most important parts of the story is when Edward is falsely accused for doing things in which he was not capable of understanding and never did. The first moment in which he was falsely accused was the raping of the neighbour who in fact was attempting to seduce Edward. This is an important turn in the film as it reveals to us that many people who were “interested” in Edward was only in it for using him in whatever way they wanted. The second time is when Edward is used by Kim and her boyfriend to commit a crime, although he was somehow aware of it he was still seen as naïve and being tricked to do this. The development of Edward also sees two very different sides of Edward, one that can hurt and one that can love both at the same time. When Edward and Kim hugs in one of the scene it would appear as a typical love scene where both parties hold one another for a short period of time, side by side....
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