Pan 's Labyrinth : The Magical Underworld Of The Faun Essay

1173 Words Nov 13th, 2015 5 Pages
Stephen King, the king of horror, attended a screening of Pan’s Labyrinth next to director Guillermo del Toro. According to Del Toro, King squirmed when the Pale Man chased Ofelia. Del Toro compared that the experience was like winning an Oscar (Davis). Guillermo Del Toro’s 2006 fantasy film Pan’s Labyrinth follows Ofelia in 1944 Francoist Spain where she discovers the magical underworld of the Faun. The film is an allegorical story, whose ending can be interpreted in different ways. This essay analyzes the ending of Pan’s Labyrinth in terms of motif, theme, and dichotomy to create a supernatural and secluded setting. Furthermore, Del Toro uses Campbell’s archetypal journey of the heroine to tell us that Ofelia was in the real world. Pan’s Labyrinth explores mythology and fantasy, mixing the underworld of the Faun and fairies with the violence of the real world. Ofelia serves as the link between both worlds, retreating further and further into the mystical underworld when her reality becomes unbearable. However, as Kim Edwards notes “[i]n challenging their respective boundaries as the two worlds collide, the doubling motif that both compares and contrasts realism and the imaginary becomes more apparent” (143). This blend of worlds creates a dichotomy that begs the question: was it real or did Ofelia just imagine it all? The ending of the film can be interpreted in two ways. The first interpretation is that Ofelia imaged the whole ordeal. The support for this view comes…

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