Does this scene remind anyone of anything? Particularly, this scene looks like an exact duplication of the “Garden of Eden” story in Genesis. The tree with the apple represents the “Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.” And as the bible story goes, Margaret (Eve) picks the apple from the tree and she gives it to David (Adam) and he eats it. Following this scene, it rains and thunder in Pleasantville for the first time ever. It seems to represent God's angry judgment of the sinful activities going on in Pleasantville. Particularly, it is identical to the bible as God banned Adam and Eve from the garden and brought about punishment and hardships to mankind after Adam ate from the tree, which parallels how God sent rain to Pleasantville after David ate from the tree; it could be a sign of God's unsatisfcation towards his behavior.
Here’s a section of the mural painted by Mr. Johnson (Soda shop owner) and David. This is another, but less explicit bible allusion to the “Garden of Eden.” Through out the movie, there has been redundant portrayals of the Garden of Eden scene, where man first sinned.
(More random Biblical allusions from the movie.)
Caption: There are many Bible references in this movie. (1)There is a burning tree. (2)The Rainbow and the Promise, from Noah's Ark (God promises to never send floods to the world anymore. Shockingly, this rainbow also occurs after the first time it rains in Pleasantville. From the bible story Noah's Ark, God sends floods to the world because it became sinful and he dispproved of it. The rain scene followed by the rainbow was a show of God's disapproval of Pleasantville).
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Sunday, April 20, 2008
Pleasantville "To Kill a Mockingbird"
Not only was the film Pleasantville a great depiction of American culture, but it also touched on social problems, of today’s age and of history. The use of colors was a great way to represent the issues of race in a satirical and covert manner. The American society is fearful of change and Pleasantville effortlessly symbolizes the past American society’s fear of racial integration. As the movie progresses, the citizens of Pleasantville begin to change and find more fulfillment in their lives. Once this happens, the people turn from dull black and white to vibrant Technicolor. As the people suddenly change into color, black and white citizens believed that whoever was changing into the colors was corrupt.
Scene: Courtroom scene: The mayor of Pleasantville tells his people, “if you love a place, you can’t just sit back and watch this kind of thing happen!” So after a majority of the town’s people had seemingly turned into color, the “true citizens of Pleasantville” (or, black and white people) decide to have a town hall meeting for change. During the town hall meeting in the courtroom, the people have a strong resemblance to the courtroom scene in the movie To Kill a Mockingbird. There, the people divide themselves, as the “coloreds” on the top of the courtroom, in the balcony, and the black and whites, on the bottom. Because as Bob, the Mayor of Pleasantville tells them, “…you must separate out things that are pleasant from the things that are unpleasant.” The mayor and the “true citizens of Pleasantville,” create the Pleasantville Code of Conduct, containing eight strict rules for the people of Pleasantville to abide by. Rule number seven, “The only permissible paint colors will be black, white, or gray…” proves that color was looked at to be an evil thing. Throughout America’s history, there has always been the problem of racism and especially towards “colored” people. The ending scenes in the court house were a perfect representation of America’s history with racism, and the stubbornness of the American people to change.
Citations: Hall, Lucia. “Pleasantville (Review)” The Humanist Jan. 1999: 45-. Academic OneFile. InfoTrac. Michigan Electronic Lib., Roseville, MI. 19 Apr. 2007.
Calhoun, John. “Black & White In Color: 'Pleasantville ' Recreates 50s TV” TLC Nov. 1998: 48-. Academic OneFile. InfoTrac. Michigan Electronic Lib., Roseville, MI. 19 Apr. 2007.
Zuck, Jon. Pleasantville: The Garden of Eden Revisited. 9 Jan. 2004 .
Movie Review by Edward Johnson January 1, 2000
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