Edward Scissorhands Comparison

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Today, the society consists of specific expectations depending on someone’s appearance and manners. People don’t realise how quickly they come to discriminate against someone who they think are different from their society that follows the same trend of style and looks. Les Murray, the poet of An Absolutely Ordinary Rainbow and Tim Burton, the director of the film Edward Scissorhands explore the idea of individual versus society through some various techniques such as stereotypes, symbolism and motifs. There are similarities and difference between these two sources which considers what it means to be different in a world that cannot accept difference. The poem An Absolutely Ordinary Rainbow by Les Murray, published in 1969, reflects upon…show more content…
The viewers understand the significant meaning of social criticism issues in the stereotypes society of Suburbia through someone who is considered ‘different’ and ‘odd’. When Edward is first introduced to Suburbia, his ‘scissorhands’ are favoured by the women because of his hairdressing skills and creative artworks of the topiaries in their yards. But as events pass, the neighbours and the antagonist Jim continues to discriminate against Edward, finally banishing him from Suburbia. A variety of soundtracks and symbolic use of colours are dispersed around the movie to emphasise how it means to be different in a world that cannot accept difference. The main soundtrack “Edward Scissorhands” gives an indication of mystery and thrill, whilst another soundtrack “Ice Dance” features more of a romantic and innocent side of the movie. Edward’s dark and gloomy presence symbolises his different individuality contrasted from the society of orderly shapes and colourful environment. At the beginning of the movie, Peg the Avon Lady, who takes care of Edward says: “blending is the secret” and puts different tones of skin colours on Edward in an attempt to make him fit into the
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