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Edward Scissorhands

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How is Edward portrayed as 'the outsider' in the film Edward Scissorhands? The film 'Edward Scissorhands', directed by Tim Burton, is about a young man called Edward with scissors for hands. He lives in a gothic manor situated on a hill on the outskirts of a suburban settlement. Peg Boggs, an Avon saleswoman, had no success selling her make-up in the neighbourhood so drove up the hill to the eerie manor to try and sell some. She ascends the stairs in the manor; black and white are the predominant colours we see inside. She finds Edward sitting in the corner; she is non-judgmental of him and only wants to help so takes him down to her house to live with her, her husband Bill, their daughter Kim and their son Kevin. At the start everybody in suburbia welcomes Edward but towards the end they all reject him because of his disability. The opening credits create a strange atmosphere for the viewers. The music has ominous undertones and suggests that the film is of the fantasy genre. The low-key lighting with a blue filter creates a mysterious, ominous yet slightly comic mood. Burton does this because he wants two contrasting genres; the horror and the fantasy. ...read more.

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The high pitch string music helps us feel Peg's fear, for example her voice echoes aloud as she calls for a sign of life within the castle. A high-angle shot of Peg makes her appear as a potential victim. She gradually walks up the stairs and reaches the top to see a massive hole in the roof; Edward's house is falling to pieces. Burton creates a dilapidated castle as he wants it to differ from the faultless houses in suburbia. Peg is very small compared to the large and very old, decrepit room. Leading up to the corner of the rundown room we can see Peg's point of view. This is very effective because the viewers feel they are being drawn into the action and can see exactly what is happening. Edward's soft, innocent, pleading voice is in total contrast to his terrifying, frightening image. Peg is almost immediately caring for Edward in their first conversation consequently taking him down to suburbia to care for him. Edward is overjoyed since it is his first time out of the castle; the music even indicates his excitement. When they arrive at Peg's house Edward enters and we can see the amazed look on his face yet he does not fit in. ...read more.

Conclusion

Nobody had heard of the man before Peg introduced him to the society. At the end of the film the disruption has been removed from suburbia and events starts to pick up because those who had welcomed Edward reject him and he is forced to run away back to his own surroundings. The main cause of disturbance has been removed from suburbia and all is well. Whereas Edward has been removed the audience might believe that the film has finished on a low, but they may forget the protagonist, Edward, has had his chance to show his love towards Kim and get vengeance on the antagonist, Jim. Despite the fact the community apparently returns to normal without the disruption of Edward, his visit has had a lasting effect on the community; snow persistently falls. Kim does not want to visit Edward again because she wants to remember him for who he was thus Edward is carved into the forefront of her mind forever. I believe the overall message of this film is misconception. Edward, who the community did not know well enough, did not get to know the innocent young man for what he genuinely was. From this film, I have learnt to judge people, not by their clothes, but by what they are truly like inside. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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