Analysis of Pirates of the Caribbean: the Curse of the Black Pearl

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Analysis of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Michelle Neitzel

February 8, 2010

Analysis of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is a 2003 film, which is an entertaining, swashbuckling movie produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. This Walt Disney movie is based on the famous Disneyland and Disney World ride adventure called, of course, “Pirates of the Caribbean”. Unlike the fun-filled ride at the Disney parks, this movie has deeper meaning other than just the ability to capture and hold the viewers attention. By scrutinizing the literary elements of this movie, the spectator can discover those deeper meanings and therefore enjoy the film to
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The best thematic element that unifies the overall context of the movie Pirates of the Caribbean can best be portrayed in a summary of the plot. The plot of this story is unified in that it is a continuous tangled web of scenes, “where one event leads to another naturally and logically” (Boggs, 2004, p. 41). The aim of this movie is primarily to be action packed and to alleviate the monotony of everyday life. In short the main theme of this movie is its entertainment value.
Another literary element shown in this film is characterization. The main characters of this movie are Will Turner (the hero), Elizabeth Swan (the heroine) and Captain Jack Sparrow (the comic relief). Jack is a static type character which remains pretty much the same throughout the entire film. Will and Elizabeth are developing characters that grow and change as a result of the plot of the story. The movie uses a lot of leitmotif to create Jack’s character. He has a funny swagger when he walks and he always talks in circles, trying to confuse the individual he is talking to, but in actuality, he is very calculating and the whole character that he developed was used to achieve his ends, which is to get the Black Pearl. Will, on the other hand, is shy. He is very anti-pirate, but in the end he over comes his shyness and becomes more bold. He rescues his love and accepts the fact that pirating is in his…