Edward Scissorhands

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Edward Scissorhands
Essay Question: ‘The real monsters of Edward Scissorhands are some of his neighbours.’ How true is this statement? Refer to the horror genre and a range of film techniques in your answer.

Some people are monsters by appearance and others by behaviour. The way people treat others often influences how they react. In this caseEdward was a kind

To discuss the essay question it is necessary to have a clear understanding of the meaning of the word monster, The Collins dictionary defines it as an imaginary beast, made up of various human and animal parts, an inhuman person or a cruel and wicked person. This certainly describes Edward Scissorhands and with this definition in mind it is easy to argue that many of the characters in “Edward Scissorhands” behaved in a monstrous way. Edward Scissorhands is a monster created by an eccentric inventor who unfortunately died before completing his creation, leaving Edward with scissors for hands. In a flash back to the scene were his inventor cuts out a heart shaped cookie and places it on the robot body it creates a pleasant image in the mind of the viewer. Edward lived isolation in a Gothic Castle until he was discovered by Peg the Avon lady, she took pity on him and took him into her home. The suburb where she lived all of the houses are painted in pastel colours with neat gardens creating and image of a suburban wonderland, Edward appears as a very quiet young man with a child like innocence. So whilst Edward is indeed a monster by creation and appearance he is not so by nature. The neighbours behave in a way that could easily be argued as cruel and wicked, so by definition could be argued as monstrous behaviour. Edward is a kind and naive young man who is exploited by his neighbours who present themselves as friends but turn on him without question. Although the characters in the film are not deemed as monsters, the way they act makes them monsters.

Their lack of understanding...
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