Pleasantville Possibility Of Evil Analysis

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Flaws: Differences or Dysfunctions? The movie Pleasantville and the short story Possibility of Evil have both similarities and differences. Both works show how everyone, in every situation, is flawed in some shape or form. However they begin to show differences later on in their plots. The type of flaw that is portrayed is different for each story; one is uncontrollable while one is a choice. The two stories also have a different outcome; it rather ends with acceptance or with revenge. It is only by understanding both stories that one can decided which one is an example of differences or dysfunctions. The message that both Pleasantville and Possibility of Evil portray is that nobody is truly perfect. The movie Pleasantville uses colour to…show more content…
Bud describes the people of Pleasantville’s new imperfections as “It [the colour] can't stop at once, because it's in you, and you can't stop something that's inside you” (Pleasantville). The characters would only change colour if they truly were different and flawed, and not necessarily in a bad way. In Pleasantville their flaws are obvious and unchangeable. They stem from people’s differences and human emotions; not their desire to do evil. Possibility of Evil takes a different approach when talking about its character’s flaws. Miss Strangeworth “Never concerned herself with facts” and normally would spread rumors instead of actually informing others about ligament problems in the town (Possibility of Evil 252). Miss Strangeworth’s flaws are not just a difference, they stem from something inside of her that chooses to do harm. She could choose to be kind but instead she continues to hurt others with her letters. The concept of imperfection is illustrated in these stories in different way. The flaws could be out of the character’s control like in Pleasantville or a deliberate choice to hurt others like in Possibility of Evil. These different types of flaws create a different type of outcome for each
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