Jaws Analysis

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Sharks attacks happen in 3 feet of water, about 10 feet from the beach, and the sharks keep swimming around the same place until the food supply is gone. We all know that theme song from “Jaws”, played by a cello, which makes us cringe every time we hear it, no matter where we are. This amazing film, directed by Steven Spielberg in 1975, is so addicting that it is still insanely popular to this day. (IMDb) It is known that every time you hear that theme song, the shark is around. The movie even opens with a tracking shot of the ocean floor with the song playing, putting the audience in suspense of what will pop out on the screen next.

“Jaws” is the story of a great white shark, and its attack on a small shore town, Amity Island. The chief of police, Chief Brody, played by Roy Scheider, is the main character who discovers the first shark attack on Amity Island. Chief Brody wants to immediately shut down the beaches but the mayor quickly opposes the thought because it is not good publicity for 4th of July weekend. Soon after this, there is another attack, which is when the mayor finally agrees to close the beaches, and this is also when Brody meets Matt Hooper. Hooper, played by Richard Dreyfuss, is an expert on sharks who teams up with Brody and Quint, a drunken fisherman played by Robert Shaw, to go catch and kill the shark that has been attacking the island. (IMDb)

Chief Brody is the only character we become familiar with from the very beginning of the movie. He is the chief of police, but is also well known man around town, and is very close with his family, so we feel like we can connect with him. “We all know about you Chief. You don’t go in the water at all, do ya?” This is a very ironic comment made by a man on the beach to Brody because he is afraid of the water, he doesn’t like to swim, and he never goes in the ocean, in a movie about shark attacks. As soon as Chief Brody finds out about the first shark attack, he becomes a frantic mess for the rest...
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