Symbolism is pervasive throughout all artistic mediums, and the new(ish) production of Cinema is no exception” (Montano, 2010, par. 1).
literary discourses: in short stories, novels, poems and narrative literatures. These symbols aim to enhance scenes within the film by providing viewers with the opportunity to respond and react according to their personal interpretations for these symbols.
Definitely, these symbols added to the enjoyment through the aesthetic appeal that have been generated. Symbols create opportunities to entice varied emotions and magnify the appeal that is intended to be created by them.
When is a shark just a shark? Consider the movie Jaws. What could the shark symbolize in our culture, society, or collective human mythology other than a man-eating fish? Why? A shark could be considered just a shark when shown in the most objective form (a documentary about sharks or as one of the species of fishes in the body of water) where the intention of the producer or director is to present a film portraying the crucial aspect relating to sharks and how they live, reproduce, eat, evolve, and survive, in general. When shown in the movie like Jaws, the shark could symbolize terror, danger, death. Likewise, it was emphasized that “the shark serves as a convenient metaphor for sexual and class power” (Biskind, 1975, p. 1). The shark represents imposition of dominance to society through its sheer power and strength to overpower those who are considered week and meek: the minority groups, women, the old, and children, among others.
Next, think about a theatrical staging of Jaws. Describe the artistic choices you would make to bring Jaws the movie to Broadway. What genre would you choose? Describe at least three other elements of production and how you would approach them in your staging of Jaws as a stage play or