Edward Scissorhands Character Essay

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Edward Scissorhands directed by Tim Burton conveys many ideas and themes to the viewer. Of these ideas, the most predominant are that of finding beauty in the most unlikely of places, and accepting difference. By exploring and understanding individual characters, in particular, Edward Scissorhands, and film techniques in this movie, we can develop a better understanding and knowledge of the ideas portrayed to us, and apply these to situations that we may face in our own lives. Edward Scissorhands is first introduced to us when Peg, a door to door makeup saleswoman, approaches and enters the supposedly haunted and unoccupied mansion on the outskirts of the town. As Peg climbs the staircase, nearing the top floor, Tim Burton uses very subtle, eerie and suspenseful music. This technique gives the viewer a sense of mystery about what Peg will find. When Peg reaches the top level of the mansion, she sees a dark figure hidden in the shadows in the corner of the room. “Why are you hiding back there? You don’t have to hide from me … “As the figure emerges from the shadows, we first see the black leather clothing, embroidered with metal studs and buckles. As we see more of the figure, we are shown the scarred face, and messy, unkempt hair. Also, he is cast in a very dim light, which helps to portray the sinister effect of the scene. This particular scene gives us the impression that Edward is intimidating and evil, however at the same time, makes us think about how helpless and misunderstood he really is. This first impression is important, as later in the movie, it helps to depict the contrast and difference between Edward and the society of suburbia. As the film progresses, we are shown how unaccepted Edward is in society. The world into which he is brought into is the perfect example of plain conformity, and initially, he seems welcomed by the rest of the community as an entertaining stranger, but is brutally rejected when things go wrong. One instance where this...
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