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The Sixth Sense
Transcript of The Sixth Sense
Taylor, Joey, Ashley and Derek The Sixth Sense Character
Development Irony &
Suspense Comparison to
Other Films Theme &
Symbolism -The color red is present throughout the film. It appears
in the form of a doorknob, a dress, a bed sheet, a church door,
and a statue of Jesus.
-The color red carries a natural sense of foreboding. (example:
the dress worn by the mother at the funeral)
-Red is seen mostly as a "bad" color, but it also represents a sense
of protection. (example: the church doors; the statue of Jesus)
-The doorknob is symbolic because it keeps Malcolm from the
truth. He does not notice the blockade in front of the door
because, as Cole says, the ghosts only see what they want
THEME: This film is essentially about letting
go of what you love, as Malcolm had to
do at the end of the movie. Synopsis -Introducing child psychologist Malcolm Crowe.
-A former patient, Vincent Grey, breaks into Crowe's house and shoots Crowe
-Crowe begins working with nine-year-old Cole Sear. Cole exhibits many of the
same symptoms as Grey did, and Crowe feels that if he is able to help Cole it will
atone for his failure with Grey years earlier.
-Meanwhile, Crowe's wife is becoming cold and distant.
-After a while, Cole finally admits his secret to Crowe: he "sees dead people."
-Crowe finds this difficult to believe, but realizes that Cole may be telling the truth
after he finds a tape of a session with Grey in which he can hear a ghost speaking.
-Crowe comes up with a theory: the ghosts want something, and if Cole just listens
to them, they will leave him alone. Cole is terrified, but he tests this theory.
Crowe is right.
-Cole no longer has to be afraid all the time. He is finally able to just be a
kid. Cole no longer needs Crowe's help, and they stop their sessions.
-Satisfied that he has done his job, Crowe returns home. He
realizes that Grey's gunshot was fatal and he has been dead
this whole time. The realization puts Crowe at
peace and he is finally free to depart
from the living world. Logline A child psychiatrist who failed
to help a patient in the past
hopes to make amends when
he meets a boy
with a similar affliction. • The Sixth Sense's psychological drama strongly draws on the characters to drive the story.
• This film could be considered more character-driven than plot-driven. The most notable ironic event within the film is at the very
end when we learn that Malcolm was actually dead all along.
-The shots and sequences perfectly hide the fact that he is a ghost.
-For example, when Malcolm shows up late to their anniversay dinner it appears that his wife is just ignoring him.
-Because of this, the viewer experiences the movie differently the second time: The first time we watch it we're in Malcolm's shoes, just as oblivious as he is, but the second time we are omnipotent.
-Hinted at when Cole says that the dead people he sees walk around normally; that they only see what they want to see. -Surprise endings in future movies that
did NOT work (example- The Village and
-A Beautiful Mind Malcolm Crowe -An overworked man in his 30s. Can be neglectful
of his personal life while pursuing his career.
-His goal is to assist Cole in order to make amends for his
dilemma with Vincent.
-When Anna (his wife) claims she is second, his secondary
goal becomes to reconnect with his wife. In the end, he tells
Ana he loves her and that she was never second.
-Malcolm overtime makes an incredible transformation:
from alive to dead.
-In addition to his physical state, he becomes a better
person, as he is more understanding.
-This transformation is obviously for the
best and progresses his character
as a hero. Anna Crowe -The wife of Malcolm Crowe
-A dilemma Anna encounters is clearly having
a romantic interest in her coworker, but feels
guilt because of Malcolm.
-Anna is clearly tortured within her relationship
and despite celebrating her husband's achievements,
she constantly is disappointed because she feels she
always comes second to his work. Vincent Grey -A 19-year-old with little regard for his
life or the lives of others.
-It is clear that Vincent has problems which were never worked through, and due to his
choices, never will be.
-Vincent considers Crowe to be his problem,
which he "solves" by shooting Crowe before
turning the gun on himself. Cole Sear -An intelligent but quiet 9-year-old
boy allegedly able to "see dead people."
-Cole's problem is remarkably similar to
Vincent Grey's, something Malcolm
-Initially, Malcolm thinks Cole is delu-
sional, but after recalling Vincent he
believes him. Hero/Villain -The hero of this film is Malcolm Crowe, who
tries his best to make amends for what he considers
his previous misdeed.
-The villain is Vincent, who ends up killing Malcolm, never
letting him accomplish his goal in the living realm.
-Malcolm accomplished his goal of helping Cole so that he did
not turn out like Vincent.
-Similarly, Vincent was necessary for Malcolm to realize that
Cole needed his help. Without observing Vincent's symp-
toms, Cole may have been disregarded as delusional, which
could have had devastating effects.
-In the spirit of Shyamalan's twists, one could twist
this scenario and consider it through the eyes
of Vincent, making him the hero and
Crowe the villain. Stakes -An interesting aspect of this film is
that the stakes for this film are entirely
-The stakes could be Cole turning out like
Vincent. Without fixing his problems, he
may become another homicidal/suicidal
person, risking his own life and others.
-However, there is no guarentee Vincent
and Cole are going through the exact
same scenario. BUT if they are,
lives are at risk. It is also ironic that Malcolm's job was to help Cole,
but that Cole and Malcolm both end up helping
each other in the end.