Signs M Night Shyamalan Analysis

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How strong is your faith in God? Do you struggle with your belief in God? Since the life and death of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, many multitudes of people and ethnicities have had an internal conflict with their faith and belief in God. The story of Signs focuses on Graham Hess, with his two children Bo and Morgan Hess, and brother Merrill Hess. At this point in his life, Graham has experienced a major tragedy which shakes and weakens his faith and belief in God. The author M. Night Shyamalan conveys the message that everything happens for a reason and that there are no coincidences in life. In the film Signs, M. Night Shyamalan best conveys his theme of man’s struggle with belief and faith in God through the use of flashback, symbolism, and conflict. One of the ways that Shyamalan revealed his theme was through the use of flashback. An example of this is when the police officer tells Graham that his wife is speaking. This is a representation of how God is also speaking to us, and that He wants us to talk with Him. Shyamalan also uses the flashback when Graham is talking to his wife and she tells him to ‘see’. God is talking through Graham’s wife and tells Graham to ‘see’, meaning that Graham should continue to believe in God, and not lose his faith. The use of flashback reveals that God does not want us to stop believing and keep our faith…show more content…
Night Shyamalan uses the devices of flashback, symbolism, and conflict to convey his theme about man’s struggle with belief and faith in God. These devices are used in a way that they highlight the personal standing that the characters, mainly Graham, have in relation to God. Shyamalan has succeeded in conveying his theme about belief and faith in a higher power, being God. It also shows how the faith of Graham is developed from non-belief at the beginning of the film, to full belief at the end of the film, showing that even that broken faith can be rebuilt. How is your faith in God? Hopefully you are as strong as
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