YEAR 7 ENGLISH EDWARD SCISSORHANDS: SCENE STILLS ANALYSIS
Horror fiction is, broadly, fiction in any media intended to scare, unsettle or horrify the reader. Historically, the cause of the "horror" experience has necessarily been the intrusion of an evil, or occasionally misunderstood, supernatural element into everyday human experience. Since the 1960s, any work fiction with a morbid, gruesome, surreal, exceptionally suspenseful or frightening theme has come to be called "horror". Some key elements of horror fiction are as appears below:
Monster- This is the person/ being/ object that strikes fear into the community, or is shrouded in mystery. Often misunderstood, some examples include: Grendel, the Loch Ness monster, Frankenstein’s monster, and Dracula.
Hero- the character willing to confront the monster or the unknown or the monster’s true better self and humane nature emerges to challenge preconceived ideas people hold based on superficial appearance (as per the gentle loving beast in ‘Beauty and the Beast’).
Setting- the place where the story takes place- how does this add to the story, and how does it reflect a character, reinforcing a character’s experiences, and development of their story?
Fear- What is the source of fear in the community that creates a monster? Examples of fear within the horror genre can stem from psychological horror, physical horror, fear of the unknssown/ unnamed.
Edward Scissorhands reveals a combination of different genres such as Horror, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy. It also is in the category of a Rites of Passage genre as it shows the journey of human experience for Edward and Kim, and the impact of these ‘tests’ and ‘trials’ upon their individual characters and the emergence of their true humane nature.
Themes emerge from this combination of genres and these include Good vs Evil, the Past vs the Future, and Empathy vs Rejection/Bullying,
Dichotomous Symbols are also used as a key element in this film Edward...