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Sixth sense essay "How does the director of the 'Sixth Sense' manipulate the viewer so the ending is unexpected?" This essay "The Sixth Sense" will answer the question "How does the director of the Sixth Sense manipulate the viewer so the ending is unexpected" Child psychologist Malcolm Crowe, played by Bruce Willis is one night visited by an ex-patient named Vincent, angry, enraged. He wounds Crowe, and then kills himself. A few months later, Crowe is visited by a 9-year old boy named Cole. He sees dead people who do not know they are dead. Because of this, he is called a freak in school. Crowe at first thinks he is seeing things, but after spending a lot of time with him, he discovers Cole may be seeing dead people after all. The twist at the end is that Malcolm Crowe is actually dead himself which neither he nor the audience realise until the end. Malcolm doesn't understand that Cole is the only human being he can communicate with as he is the only person with the ability to see ghosts. ...read more.


Furthermore as Crowe is the doctor and Cole the patient we assume that there is obviously something wrong with Cole and not Crowe. Also we see most of the film's events and characteristics through Crowe's eyes which draws most of the attention from him and on to Cole and his problems. In the next two paragraphs I'm going to analyse 2 scenes in detail to show how the clues are used, and how the viewer is manipulated to miss the truth. At the anniversary dinner scene, the viewer is manipulated into thinking that Dr.Crowe is actually talking to his wife when he isn't. There is a variety of shots used in this scene such as the establishing shot to set the scene and show the whole restaurant, over the shoulder shot as Crowe approaches Anna's table and the way the camera slowly rotates around the table only capturing either only Crowe's or his wife's face over their shoulders so we never see both of the faces at once because then it will give away that they aren't actually communicating with each other. ...read more.


When Cole says "I see dead people", the camera moves on to his face as he speaking to capture the emotion and fear of telling his secret and also on to Dr. Crowe to hint to the viewer that he's one of these dead people. At this time in the film we think that Cole, who is in hospital, is the one with all the psychological problems and Crowe is just an ordinary child psychiatrist trying to help him. The viewers are manipulated into thinking this as all of the attention is being focused on to Cole and his secret. I think the film is very effective in manipulating the audience because the first time I saw it I certainly didn't figure out the twist. The way the whole film was shot and the different camera angles that were used played a very important part in tricking the viewer into thinking that Dr.Crowe was alive all throughout the film. It was also through our natural sense that in a situation like the one in the film, the child would be the one with all the problems and the doctor would just be the one trying to help him. ...read more.

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