• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Through close analysis of the restaurant scene and the scene where Dr Crow is in the house with both Cole and Cole's mother, discus the techniques used to make the audience believe Dr Crow is alive.

Extracts from this document...


Through close analysis of the restaurant scene and the scene where Dr Crow is in the house with both Cole and Cole's mother, discus the techniques used to make the audience believe Dr Crow is alive. The sixth sense impressed film critics when it was released in 1999. The film uses the assumption of the audience that Dr Crow is alive to feed the story line and shock the viewers at the end. M. Night Shyamalan the director uses many different techniques to achieve this varying from colours to camera angles; in this essay I am going to analyse two important scenes from early on in the film that play a key part in the audiences belief that Dr Crow is alive. These scenes are: the restaurant scene and the scene where Dr Cole is in the house with Cole's mother. We see Dr Crow in different ways in the two scenes; in the scene with Cole's mother he seems professional and in control. While Cole's Mother is talking to him we get several medium close ups of Dr Crow he is smiling to himself. We take this as an air of professionalism; we think he is observing their relationship. ...read more.


There are bits of dialogue that also play a part in making us believe that Dr Crow is alive. Dialogue is potentially one of the things that could hinder our belief in Dr Crow being alive. If no body ever seems to be talking to him it could easily seem they do not know he is there, to over some this clever techniques are used. In the restaurant scene Anna does not say anything throughout the scene to Dr Crow for most of it. We assume she is angry with him for being late and being so involved in his work although as an audience we might become suspicious if she says nothing at all throughout the whole meal. At the end of the meal just before she stands and leaves she says 'happy anniversary' which makes us believe that she is just angry at him and trying to make him feel bad for being so late and self absorbed on their anniversary. Another bit of dialogue that makes us assume Dr Crow is alive is at the end of the scene with Cole's Mother when she says 'you got an hour'. Although she is actually just telling Cole when dinner will be it seems to the audience that she is leaving them for an hour to have their first session. ...read more.


The camera angles help us build on this belief. The scene opens on a medium shot of Cole's mother and Dr Crow this makes us think that they are sitting talking because it is showing us both of them at the same time. The door becomes the central focus of the shot, this makes the audience anticipate Cole is going to come through the door and assume that he is what they are waiting for. As the door opens the medium shot stays even though Cole's mother gets up to greet Cole. This is another thing that could be taken as a clue that Dr Crow is not alive, however the audience just thinks that Cole's mother is understandably very worried about her son. It is understandable that the audience believes that Dr Crow is alive; as generally when you see someone walking along a street you understand them to be alive. These assumptions are built on with the help of camera angles, dialogue, body language and the ways characters and their situations are presented to us. Although we are given subtle hints that at the end we look back on as flashbacks and realised we have been deceived. The film ends when Dr Crow himself begins to believe Cole and finally realises much to the audience's shock that he himself is a ghost. Caitlin Devereux ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Plays section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Plays essays

  1. Write a detailed analysis of the prologue and how it introduces us to the ...

    For example the imagery of food is used several times as a metaphor. The use of the word fruitful emphasises Faustus' success and achievements in his study. The imagery of food continues in the lines "glutted more with learning's golden gifts, / He surfeits upon cursed necromancy."

  2. A dolls house act one summary

    Linde - the fact Dr Rank thinks that they are both ill could mean they have something to hide from the rest of society which may have been considered to be a scandal. They could both have done something to be ashamed of and their posture shows them to be

  1. Evaluating The Silence Of The Lambs.

    Like their animal symbols the Starling preys upon the caterpillar/moth just like Clarice kills Buffalo Bill in the end. The symbolic effect on the audience really sends their imaginations running and links different uses together. The overall mood of this film is that of a typical horror film which uses

  2. Performance Analysis - 'Running away with the Hairdresser' by Earth Fall

    For example the focus would be on the front of the stage, while in the background the other performers were making appropriate adjustments to the set, such as moving the chairs around etcetera. The set didn't vary that much during the performance, ie, props were not carried on and off stage.

  1. Improvisation Techniques

    We mainly used thought tracking, direct address and soliloquy techniques. We didn't use choral effects because we didn't know a lot about it then but these three techniques worked well, as a group. This is because we positioned them in time with each other.

  2. How does Brian Clark make use of dramatic techniques to make the audience sympathise ...

    The play is structured in such a way that the audience finds out things gradually. In using gradual revelation, the audience is given more time to fully understand Ken's situation and is able to empathise with him. Another important structure Clark uses is his use of argumentative writing.

  1. Language analysis for Paradise Lost

    So basically, rhetorical questions demonstrate a sense of power the speaker has over the audience. By use of rhetorical questions, the speaker also evokes the interest of the audience. This is because one cannot pass a question without bringing forth possible answers because it is human nature to have answers to all questions.

  2. Textual Analysis of Charlie's Angels

    EDITING The editing of this film is in a number of stages. The first stage that they use is the simple cut method. They film the clip in about three or four different stages and then in post-production they put it together so that it looks like it was all done at one go.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work