Analysis Of Pan's Labyrinth

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The Darkness and Sorrow of Pan’s Labyrinth
Today’s fairytales are often transformed into morality tales to fit our current values and are often stripped of the darkness and sorrow that is surrounding the story. However, this is not a common occurrence and it has been done over years, so that the more gruesome fairytales, with dark, and gruesome scenes, would be more suitable for younger audiences. In “Pan’s Labyrinth” Guillermo Del Toro is able to incorporate those gruesome and darker scenes to “depicts a struggle between good and evil” (2). In Mike Perschon review of “Pan’s Labyrinth”, he talks about embracing those appalling, sorrowful, and cruel scenes because “Without those harsh elements the film would be a milquetoast modern fairytale”
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Ofelia and her pregnant mother, Carmen, move from the city to the countryside, to live with her stepfather, Captain Vidal. Even though the war has finally ended. A civil war is rising among a war-battered Spain. However, Ofelia finds herself consumed by a different world. Early in the film, she finds a fairy-like creature, which leads her into a labyrinth where she meets the faun. The faun explains to Ofelia that she is the princess of the underworld. He explains to her that for her to return to the true home she must complete three different tasks before the full moon …show more content…
There was some point made by Perschon that really added to the substance of the review. One of those meaningful points is where he discusses the symbolism between Captain Vidal and the monsters of the story; The Pale Man and the Giant Toad: showing the monstrosity “viewed through the child sight lens of Faerie” (2). Perschon says “The Pale man is another symbol of the consuming aspect of Vidal’s nature. This sick, albino creature presides over a rich, bountiful feast, but eats only the blood of innocents” (3). When Perschon compares Vidal to the pale man he shows Vidal’s true nature; his monstrosity, the way he doesn’t care about other, but himself. Like the pale man, Vidal is also sitting at the head of the table and “also dines on the blood of innocents” (3). Even though Vidal eats like a king, he rations off the people food to “supposedly hurt the rebels” (3). While his people are starving; Vidal and his men are eating like kings. In Perschon review we as readers can appreciate the substance that the movie has, but also Perschon substance. In his review as a reader, we can embrace, the sorrow, brutality and darkness of “Pan’s Labyrinth” and truly

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