Explain an important idea in a text you have studied. Explain why you found it interesting. Discuss visual and verbal techniques in your answer.
In the film Mean Creek directed by Jacob Aaron Estes, the important idea of loss of innocence is very interesting as it tells the story and shows us how quickly things can change. The director shows us this through the way the characters change during the burial of George, the word “snap” written in a tree and the guilt felt by Millie and Sam.
Firstly I found the important idea of loss of innocence interesting during the burial of George as this is when they lose their innocence. When they decide to bury Georges body the character all lose what innocence they had left. This is shown as
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When Millie is steering into the mirror it is silent as she looks frustrated and confused as if she thinks her appearance should have change but everything looks the same as if nothing has happened. When Sam talks to Millie a combination of dark lighting and close up shots of Millie’s half hidden face in the darkness of her bedroom show us how miserable she looks as she is hiding from the truth and is in denial of the fact that their life has changed. “What do you want”, “I was just there” shows us how Millie does not want to accept the truth as well as the consequences of her actions but knows she can not live with all the guilt. Millie was trying to act like she feels innocent but the remorseful ton in her voice suggests otherwise. Sam and Millie know they are not innocent as the guilt inside them grows and makes them wonder if keeping George’s death a secret is the best thing to do. “When we become doctors and lawyers and all that what do you think it will be like?” The director follows this question with silence to show how they both think telling the truth and accepting the consequences will be best. This makes us feel sorry for them and it is as if some of their innocence has come back to them as we are reminded of the fact that they are still children when they talk about their future and that they have “come to a decision” of telling the truth which is what they wanted in the first place.
In conclusion I found the important