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The Village as an AllegoryEdit

 

The Village (2004) reassured M. Night Shyamalan fans of his ability as a horror film director. This film has an eerie Twilight Zone feel to it that appeals to the mood of the viewer. It's basically two hours of confusion and questions with a surprising twist ending that explains the origins of his creepy village, Covington. M. Night Shyamalan uses suspense, time, and mood to satirize America's fear of terrorism ("The Village (2004)").

The mood throughout all of The Village disturbs viewers from beginning to end. It opens with an uncomfortable funeral focusing on a man weeping over a child’s coffin. Shyamalan creates a creepy village, clearly not normal because of the way the townspeople act. They bury the red flower. There aren’t any roads coming in or out of the village. Also, some people think the child could have been saved with medicine from other villages, but the elders prohibited it. It doesn’t take long for the mood to change from disturbing to horrifying. Once the movie reveals the intelligent life that lives in Covington Woods, many questions arise for the viewer. Why would anyone live in such a hostile environment? Why would they accept being pushed around by these creatures so easily? Any sane man would chose to live in a town with murderers any day over a wilderness with unknown, deadly creatures living with them. The people seem normal but their situation is madness, leaving the viewer very confused (Anderson).

Now that the viewer has established that the elders in the village are crazy, Shyamalan finally begins to answer some questions. Most important being why even make this film. What message does he want to send out? The viewer has a moment of clarity when Ivy crosses the wall. It seems that Shyamalan used the village to portray America while "the towns" represent the rest of the world. The crazy leaders of the village are actually Americans who live in constant fear of terrorism. This film can be seen as a political allegory. In post 9/11 America, airport security skyrocketed, privacies were taken away, and many other civil rights were lost. Shyamalan shot the film in Pennsylvania, very near Amish communities that desperately try to isolate themselves from modern society. This film is essentially an attack on naive isolationists ("Political Film Society").

BibliographyEdit

Anderson, Matt. "The Village." Review of (**1/2) by Matt Anderson. N.p., 30 July 2004. Web. 24 Jan. 2013.

"Political Film Society - The Village." Political Film Society - The Village. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Jan. 2013.

"The Village (2004)." The Village. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Jan. 2013.