The Village of Covington Woods in M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village emerges as a victim of its own ambitions. It presents a compelling premise about people's inability to shield themselves from loss, pain or crime.
Philip Horne describes The Village as an, ‘’exquisitely crafted allegory of American soul-searching seems to have been widely misunderstood, so it seems worth trying to intimate just why it's so richly suggestive – about innocence and denial, about fear and forests and the creation of bogeymen, about America's historical sense of its own unique mission, and indeed about the American present of gated communities and Homeland Security.’’
I think there are certain characters in this film that are often overlooked, shadowed by the main characters: Ivy Walker, Noah Percy, and Lucius Hunt. But I want to focus attention on ‘’those we don’t speak of’’. No, not the creatures in the woods lured by the color red, but the minor characters on the sidelines. In this case, the Elders.
The Elders in M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village are the key characters- more like symbols than characters; archetypes, in a sense. Especially the characters of Edward Walker, Alice Hunt, Mrs. Clack, and August Nicholson.
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