The Stylistic Conventions Of Pleasantville Essay

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The Stylistic Conventions of Pleasantville

Pleasantville is a film that uses stylistic conventions to help anchor
the ideas suggested by the plot and reinforce the meaning of the text.
There are many ways it does this.

The narrative starts of from TV stations giving the idea of sci-fi as
the basic genre. Pleasantville is introduced by the clips of the TV
marathon; this is an old 50's TV show. There is a boy called David and
his twin sister Jennifer. David is seen in the early stages of the
narrative lacking confidence, no luck with girls, few friends, loves
Pleasantville and is obsessed by the perfect lifestyle. Pleasantville
is viewed as nice, with no extremes and no changes. The first part of
the movie is cutting between the twins to sow the difference, this
helps us see how they develop throughout the film and understand the
meaning of the text, as we build to their prospective evenings.

With the arrival of the TV repair man we get more sense of the sci-fi
genre, he arrives without being called; he has an old-fashioned van
and speech. Then when the lightning strikes at that time this causes
suspicion to the audiences mind. The 2 pairs of siblings then argue at
the same on real life and on screen. David and Jennifer end up in the

Pleasantville is all black and white to start of with. Examples of
life are: big family, big breakfast, cat up a tree, skip martin (high
school jock), basketball team always wins, nothing outside
Pleasantville, characters lack understanding and can only follow what
asked to do. This is the start of the plot showing what life is like
in Pleasantville.

The first change is when bud implies to skip that Mary Sue won't go
out with him. The basketball misses which is unheard of in
Pleasantville; no one wants to touch it. Their world is starting to
change. This is the 1st change in the text, but it doesn't use
stylistic conventions. The next change happens at lover's lane when
Mary Sue and skip have sex and that is where the rose turns red
showing colour for the first time in Pleasantville. The next objects
that change are bubble gum, car headlights this change starts off with
the youths. This reinforces the meaning of the text by showing us the
younger people are the ones to be affected by changes first.

It then begins to affect the adults. Mary Sue sells her mother about
sex and masturbation. The mother's experience makes the bathroom
colour, and because of that there is a fire in the tree. Bud becomes a
hero because he is the only one that knows about fire, nothing
normally burns in Pleasantville. Book pages start filling in, the
teens have a thirst for knowledge and go to the library they want to
learn. Betty's face and skin is now colour, its showing that she is
developing. She is too ashamed to show it so bud covers it up with

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