Contrasting Settings In Tim Burton's Life

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Much of the world has been taught to fear the unknown and usually even the new. When the majority of people were just children they were taught not to talk to strangers, which is an excellent thing. However, this made them fear the new and unknown, which is now a large part of society today. A popular movie director named Tim Burton has illustrated this concept in several of his films using several different cinematic techniques. He has shown that we should be more accepting, and what that is positive can come of it. Burton uses outcast characters and the art of contrasting settings to show that society believes the unknown and new is not acceptable, and even dangerous. Burton uses outcast characters in nearly every one of his films that he …show more content…

For instance, he uses contrasting settings in Edward Scissorhands to show the difference between the town and the mansion where Edward was living. The scene shows Peg, looking at the town, which is all vivid and pleasant and surreal, and then she turns and looks at the mansion which is dark and has a brooding appearance. The difference is so drastic that you know that it is on purpose to illustrate something. In this instance it is obvious that no one wants to travel up there because they do not know what is up on the hill, in the mansion. They fear what they do not know, which can be attributed to the fact that no one has been seen up there for a long time. While this is one example, there is another in Mrs. Peregrine home for Peculiar Children which spans several scenes. It takes place when Jake (the main character) is caught back in time. The mansion that all the children live at is very luminous and beautiful, it has a large amount of energy and makes everything seem perfect in that area, despite the differences in the children. Then, in a later scene, the setting is in the miniscule town on the island. The town is very gloomy looking with little color, and all the citizens seem despondent. These scenes approach the idea in a different way, with still the same meaning. It shows that society should not be afraid of what they do not know or understand. The people are also afraid, and they are very fearing and seem troubled, while the children are enthusiastic and seek to enjoy their life. They show that while the unknown may be dangerous and seem dangerous, it may actually be beneficial for you in the long run, and may help you learn something. Instead of living in fear all your life. Therefore, this is how Burton used his contrasting

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