Pleasantville

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Pleasantville

In Pleasantville, color represents passion, love, art, and risk. In the scene at Lover’s Lane, Bud describes the color as loud, scary, and dangerous. Fear of the unknown is the main conflict in the movie. Many in the movie, such as the Mayor and Whitey are threaten and fearful of the color. The Mayor describes Pleasantville as a traditional town, a “pleasant” town. He uses the towns traditional ways and values to create a code of conduct. The code of conduct attempts to suppress and outlaw activities that cause or bring additional color to the town. The Mayor imprisons Bud and tries to prosecute him for breaking the code of conduct. Whitey and his gang use violence, harassment and aggression to intimidate the people of color. So the “pleasant” citizens use violence and power in an attempt to discourage the activities they believe to be causing the colors to appear in their town.

All of this is symbolism to historical racial conflict, Whitey and his gang symbolize the America’s KKK. The mayor and his code of conduct symbolizes the Nazi’s and their racial hatred toward those that are different then the arian race. One scene in the movie we see a sign in the window of a town store that says “No Colors,” this is symbolism for America’s ugly segregation past. The movie challenges the viewer to recognize that those with differences in society may cause volatility and push us outside of our comfort zones, but embracing the differences can make society better, stronger, vibrant and…...

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