Topics: Disability, Edward Scissorhands, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 Pages: 3 (1165 words) Published: December 11, 2013

Disability has several definitions. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a disability as: a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity; a record of a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity; or when an entity takes an action prohibited by the ADA based on an actual or perceived impairtment. I chose the movie Edward Scissorhands as my example for disabilities, and how it makes life so different from the “normal”. Edward Scissorhands is a movie that came out in 1990, and it is very popular. The movie portrays Edward as having a clear physical disability, and a mental disability that may not be as obvious. The movie starts out with a woman telling her granddaughter a bed time story of where snow comes from and a man named Edward who has scissors for hands. He was completely normal except for the fact that he had no hands. His creator died before he could put hands on Edward, making him look abnormal to the rest of the world. A woman visits the mansion where Edward lives, and realizes he is harmless so she takes him home to live with her, her husband, and their teenage daughter. He later falls in love with their teenage daughter, which is a love doomed from the start because of Edward’s “disability”. The movie then goes on to show the neighborhood taking advantage of his dangerous looking, yet seemingly useful looking scissor hands. He then begins trimming hedges and cutting hair (human and animal) for the entire neighborhood. Everyone seems to love Edward and his hands, except for two people who are not as impressed as the rest of the neighborhood.

One of the women convinces Edward to open a hair salon with her, and tries to seduce Edward in the back room. He leaves in a state of panic, causing the woman to become angry and later wrongfully accuse him of trying to molest her.

The mean teenagers that the daughter is friends with convince him to break into...
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