Edward Scissorhands Belonging Speech

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The hunger to belong is not merely a desire to be attached to something. It is rather sensing that great transformation and discovery become possible when belonging is sheltered and true, John O'Donohue. Belonging a concept which explores an individual’s identity and their ability to develop a sense of affiliation, acceptance and understanding within their environment. Tim Burton’s 1990 film, ‘Edward Scissorhands’ explores the notions of identity, embracing one’s uniqueness, social acceptance within their environment and relationships between characters. The film is based on an invented man named Edward who was left unfinished and isolated. Identity is a quality which requires an individual to go through an internal struggle and be able to balance between keeping their own personality and still be able to belong, resulting in conformity. This was demonstrated through the use of a long shot of Edward’s costume contrasting with the environment around him. The long shot establishes Edward’s dark apparel juxtaposed with the brightly coloured house, reinforcing his alienation in the community. However, Peg offers him ‘normal’ clothes to create a new identity allowing him to gain a sense of belonging in his environment. Furthermore, a medium shot of Edward’s reflection in the mirror reinforces the notion of forging of a new identity as a new beginning and a new life. ‘You look fine, just fine’ justifies that Edward is starting to being accepted into society. Belonging within a group creates your identity but it is challenged when the individual is too focused to conform and forgetting who they were. To belong, we need each other. Acceptance is the approval of others to recognising similarities and differences allowing the individual to develop strong relationships and a sense of belonging within society. This is illustrated through the use of a high angle shot of the

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