Edward Scissorhands Comparison Essay

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The Effects of a Corrupt Parental Relationship
In Tim Burton’s childhood, his parents walled up the windows in his room. He says maybe they didn’t want him to “escape”. This idea of “isolation” is seen in many of the films that he has directed. In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Edward Scissorhands Tim Burton uses characters that are outside of society and narration to convey the idea that torn parental relationships lead to social issues in the future.
Burton’s use of characters that are outcasts contributes to the theme because many of the characters that are sort of outside of society have corrupted relationships with their parents. In Edward Scissorhands Burton uses a long shot of the mansion on the mountain to show how isolated
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For example, at the beginning of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Burton uses a high angle of Charlie to show that he is humble. With this narration, and appropriate use of cinematic techniques Burton suggests that Charlie’s relationship with his parents is exceptional. Since Charlie has a valuable relationship with his parents he uses proper manners and has no social difficulties. On the other hand, Veruca Salt, another character in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has a very wealthy father who spoils her way too much. This gives her a selfish and stingy personality and makes her someone that nobody wants to be around. Also, at the beginning of Edward Scissorhands a grandmother begins telling a story to her grandchild before bed. This gives the viewer the idea that they have a valuable relationship. Later on in the movie Edward has a flashback to when his creator read stories to him. Edward had a tight bond with his creator in that time period. Years later, his father figure died right before he was going to give Edward real hands. This left Edward scarred and heartbroken. With another use of a flashback, Tim Burton connects to the theme because of his emphasis on the pros and cons of a corrupt parental

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