Edward Scissorhands Essay Example
Edward Scissorhands Essay Example

Edward Scissorhands Essay Example

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  • Published: October 11, 2017
  • Type: Film Analysis
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The film that I watched is 'Edward Scissorhands'. Tim Burton produced it in 1990. Johnny Depp plays the main character. Johnny Depp has starred in 'Pirates of the Caribbean' and 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'. The main genre of the films Depp has featured in is Neo-Gothic fantasy. In this essay I will be illustrating how Tim Burton, The director, creates sympathy towards Edward and why the community turns against him. The story of the film begins with an inventor who lived in a Gothic mansion on top of a hill. This inventor created an android. This Creature was called Edward Scissorhands because he had temporary hands made from scissors.

Unfortunately, the inventor died before he was able to give his Christmas present to Edward, which was 'Human Hands'! The inventor taught Edward to fun


ction as a human being and he could walk, talk and cut. This special ability to cut and trim made Edward unique and useful. Edward expressed his emotions in a limited fashion. People were sympathetic towards him as they thought he was an orphan, helped him get a job and look after him. Until he was falsely accused of rape and burglary, this is what turned the community against him. He retreated to his house forever.

The way Edward is introduced to us is generally by accident by Peg; The Avon representative intruded into his mansion, and then came upon him. She was just wondering if she could get anyone to buy her products. Peg assumes that Edward is a lonely, frightened, traumatised orphan that needs some love and attention from someone. The reason this would make us sympathise with him is that

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if someone were orphaned then they would get our sympathy and attention as they lost their parents and would be grief stricken because of the terrible loss. On Edwards's appearance, his taste in style is different to other people, which make him an individual.

His secluded style is of a gothic appearance that includes new rock boots, black-skin-tight P. V. C outfit with buckles encompassing around. Edward has a pale complexion with scarring due to him cutting his face with his scissorhands. Edwards's hair is also eye-catching as its eccentric and messy. People are scared by his gothic appearance; His appearance would make us sympathise with him, as he is individualistic and not indifferent to other people who would make people blank him out as a person because he is not as perfect or is very different to them.

Tim Burton succeeds in making Edward an outsider, as he is different to the perfect people of the community. The clothes the people of the community are full of colour and are flashy whereas in comparison to Edward his clothes are caliginous and obscure! The house Edward lives in is a gothic mansion that is dingy and ill lighted whereas in the houses of the rest of the community, they are all perfect and full of vibrant colours with showy cars parked outside them. In my opinion, obviously people would be much more attracted to the flashy modern housing more than the dingy ones, of which in Edwards's case, his house in a dingy one.

This is another reason why Edward is secluded from the community, as he is not getting any attention to his house and himself from

anyone. Since Edward is different, people will not pay attention to him, as he is not perfect like the rest of them are because he is individualistic and they are not. Edward was held responsible for accidents in which case made the community put a negative view on Edward. The community eventually turned against him. This would make us sympathise with him as he accused of things he had never even done.

Peg Boggs is the woman who took Edward down into the community, is a typical sensitive mother, who wants to show Edward the life he deserves by treating him, as one of her sons. Kim, the girl who slowly starts to show her attraction for Edward, is a fragile, beautiful, bright compassionate teenage girl. Kim's boyfriend Jim is uncaring towards her and instantly dislikes Edwards's affection for Kim. Joyce is the seductive neighbour of Peg's and is the person who wrongly accuses Edward of raping her. They are all sympathetic towards Edward, apart from Jim, as they guess he is an orphan only because Peg assumes he is.

They are sympathetic, giving things to him such as cakes. Eventually, the whole community falls out with Edward because of the accusations Joyce made that Edward had raped her; he had burgled Jim's house, which in fact was a set up by Jim to get Edward caught by the police as he could pick door locks. People slowly turned against him, as they only believed what other people's opinions were. For example, a Christian from the community called Esmeralda was giving her preaching, saying that Edward was sinned by the devil and is nothing but pure evil!

This is what made the community fall out.

The neighbours at the beginning are kind at first, giving a helping hand when Edward needed it and generous. For example, Neighbours such as Helen makes cakes, confectionery and other things that are generous. Adding to the sympathy the neighbours were giving him was odd jobs to do such as hedge cutting, human and dog haircuts that he had a tremendous talent. Tim Burton uses colours to build sympathy for Edward by using dark colours for Edward to wear because he will get a lot of attention from people, as he is unique to them and has an individualistic approach to everything.

Edward always wears glum colours whereas the community's residence stands out in vibrant colours such as yellow, pink, green and Edwards's house is plain black/grey. The attitudes of the characters change towards Edward in the second part of the film by the actions of Edward. This is because he accused wrongly of things and accidents he had never done. For example, Joyce spreading the word around the community that Edward raped her and that Edward accidentally cut Kim on the face.

Peg and Kim's attitudes do not change, as they believe that Edward did not do the stuff he accused of doing because Edward has not experienced any of the accusations because he has been an outsider since he created. The neighbours no longer were helpful towards him or felt sympathetic because everyone believed what the people who wanted everyone to hate him such as Jim, Joyce and Esmeralda, were saying about him, to shock everyone and make the community believe them, so eventually they would then turn

against him.

As a viewer, I did not lose sympathy for Edward as he was accused wrongly for things he never committed. It was only people who were trying to turn everyone against him who were either jealous or were just trying to get some attention from other people and just doing it for plain nastiness or thought he believed in things that were shocking to themselves, for example, Esmeralda assumed Edward believed in devil worshipping whereas herself was a Christian worshipper. Jim wanted Edward captured for the 'set up' burglary and be jailed. Just so, Jim could eventually gain the house insurance money.

In my opinion, other viewers do not lose sympathy for Edward as he was wrongly accused for things he never even done and did not deserve to be treated in that manner he was done. In conclusion, the director achieved his goal of building sympathy for Edward to an extent of him 'rising and falling' in the community. In my opinion the part of the film, I consider to be the most effective is when he started to do the odd jobs for nearby neighbours of the community, such as hedge cutting, dog trimming and hair cutting, also when he appeared on television for his amazing talents was the most striking part as well.

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