Analysis of Pirates of the Caribbean: the Curse of the Black Pearl

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Analysis of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Michelle Neitzel

February 8, 2010

Analysis of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is a 2003 film, which is an entertaining, swashbuckling movie produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. This Walt Disney movie is based on the famous Disneyland and Disney World ride adventure called, of course, “Pirates of the Caribbean”. Unlike the fun-filled ride at the Disney parks, this movie has deeper meaning other than just the ability to capture and hold the viewers attention. By scrutinizing the literary elements of this movie, the spectator can discover those deeper meanings and therefore enjoy the film to
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Instead of following what her father feels is best for her, she stands up for herself and captures the heart of the man she truly loves. Another example of literary elements in Pirates of the Caribbean is the use of symbols. This movie is full of symbols from the flags used on each of the ships to the repetitive use of the pirate song, but the most obvious symbol used in this movie is the piece of Cortez’s gold. This gold coin is stamped with a skull and it represents the curse of Cortez. It also symbolizes, to all those outside of pirates circles, the very being of pirates. The film repetitively shows the pirates gold and most of the characters in the story want to have it. It is the symbol of freedom to the pirates, for when all the gold is brought back together their curse is lifted. The final example of literary elements in Pirates of the Caribbean is the use of irony. There are several examples of irony in this movie. The first instance of irony is when the pirates kill William Bootstrap Turner because he planning to leave the pirate band. The irony is that the pirates later learn that they must have Bootstap’s blood as a blood sacrifice to lift the curse. The second case of irony is when the pirates, whose curse is to be the undead and are unable to be killed, finally get their freedom from the curse, only to have the curse end when they are surrounded by the royal navy and can now be executed. In conclusion, after reading

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