Fitting in is always a good thing, right? Yet in the film Edward Scissorhands by Tim Burton, we are shown that the pressure to conform can be very heavy, but also that it is not always the best thing to do. And in our life now, I know that to be “normal” and the same as everyone else is very important to the majority of adolescents. If you are different, you stand out. If you stand out, you are seen as weird; but what if you find it hard to fit in? What if by going along with what other people are doing has consequences for yourself and others? Furthermore, what happens when even if you do change everything about yourself, you are still not accepted?
In the film Edward Scissorhands, being different is perceived negatively by the townspeople, who use every opportunity to try to change Edward to fit their idea of normal. Peg sits Edward down at one point in the film, and attempts to cover up his pale complexion with some sort of makeup. What she says at the time, “Blending is the key”, implies that she thinks Edward would be better off if he was the same as everybody else. In our society, many people (particularly in schools) are looked down upon, shunned or even bullied simply because they are different. Unsurprisingly, this just makes them wish they could belong even more.
I am sure that almost everyone in the world today has gone along with something that other people are doing, even if they aren’t entirely sure that it is the right thing to do. They do it because they want to be part of a group and don’t want to be the odd one out, even if they end up hurting themselves or others in the process. Edward attempts to make himself “normal” and tries to fit in because he wants to be the same as his new friends and family. He wears the clothes that the townspeople wear, he eats with his new family and ends up doing whatever others ask him to because he does not understand that being part of a group does not mean that you are doing a good thing. After he breaks into a house and ends up being caught and prosecuted for something that is not entirely his fault, Kim asks Edward why he did it. He replies, “Because you asked me to”. Edward does what others ask of him because he thinks it is right, but some take advantage of his naivety and he ends up in a dilemma for trying to fit in.
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Sometimes, even after doing everything you can to fit in, you are still seen as different and as the odd one out. Edward changes his appearance, aspects of his personality and does whatever others ask him to. Yet after a couple of noticeable incidents; Edward breaking into a house and later hurting Kevin – a young boy – the townspeople do not bother to fully investigate what has happened. Their prejudice of difference overcomes their own logical thinking. Edward only broke into the house because someone told him to and he prevented Kevin from being run over. Yet the townspeople refuse to understand, they want him gone and they want him dead. The director, Tim Burton shows this mentality by using a long shot to film a scene where the townspeople have gathered into an angry mob and are storming up a road to find Edward. The shot shows the large group as very intense and enraged. This kind of thing has happened and still does in real life – at various times during history, many people who were maybe a little odd or different were accused of being witches. They were unfairly trialled, often killed although almost all of them had done nothing wrong. Something that still happens today is that some people who also might find it hard to conform are made into scape-goats; they are blamed by many for anything bad that happens. They are ignored, bullied and abused by people who are blinded by their own, unfounded fears of the abnormal.
Being different can certainly be seen as a bad thing. But as the film Edward Scissorhands shows us, fitting in by doing what others tell you to do is not always best – it can put you in a bad position or hurt others. It also helps us understand that sometimes, despite changing your appearance and personality, it is possible that you still will not be accepted. The urge to go with the flow can be pretty strong in this day and age, but before you do go changing yourself to suit someone else’s idea of normal, think about the consequences of what you will be doing. Ask yourself if what you will gain will be worth what you could lose. For as newspaper editor Doug Floyd said, “You don’t get harmony when everybody sings the same note”.
Kushner, a Rabbi, tried to make sense of many of the traditional arguments of God's existence and the reasons for some of the tragic events of the modern world. Overall, Kushner provides a usable argument for God as his idea rests on the fact that although God is not all-powerful, He is a God of love.There have been many times in life when I have turned to a “God” with problems and wanted answers ...