ENG 2400 Films from Literature, Spring 2020

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    Prof. Masiello
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    Why do you think the costume designer decided that Miss Crane’s bra and slip were white in the first scene but black in the later scenes?

    (These are not just random costume changes.)

    #58869

    Caleb Dee-Rakower
    Participant

    She was pure before stealing the money- which is what the white clothing signified, but after she stole the $40k, she gained black clothing, showing that she had sinned.

    Or it was to signify that she was gonna die.

    #58870

    Prof. Masiello
    Participant

    Caleb, both of your ideas are good.

    Critics feel it is more the idea that she had sinned, committed the crime of theft.

    Does anyone else feel the black clothing symbolizes death?

    #58875

    Sara Zheng
    Participant

    As Caleb said before committing the act of stealing, her clothes were white, but after stealing, the black clothing represents that she sinned. After all stealing is something people look down on. It may also symbolize death because she does get killed by Norman.

    #59205

    Khomeshwari Sankar
    Participant

    i see it as black stands for negative forces and actions and white stands for purity and innocence and like Sara Zheng rightfully said that Caleb said that before committing the act of stealing , her clothes changes from white to black representing a change of action.

    #59231

    Prof. Masiello
    Participant

    Yes, it is clearly symbolic, the black clothing. There used to be an expression in old-time, rather juvenile Western films made for family-friendly audiences that “Good guys wear white.”

    Also, in religious circles, the color white does, indeed, symbolize purity. The concept of being born with “original sin” means our souls are stained with sin that we have to strive to erase in our lives.

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