The Others

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"That those who attain to this beatific vision are unwilling to descend to human affairs..."


Asking the audiences, the majority remarked that "The Others" was a successful scary movie. But can that be a satisfying answer? What are some of the remarkable features in the film?

Let's initiate my survey with the title. What does the others mean? Referring to the feministic approach as Simon de Beauvoir mentioned once that he, i.e., man, is the subject, he is the absolute, representing the discourse of power and control, she is the other, the inferior type, the non-person, the non-agent--in short the mere body. Women's selfhood has been systematically subordinated, diminished, and belittled. I do not want to apply the feministic traces here; however, an explanation on the inferiority of "the others" in that respect seemed worthy, i.e., as women in a male chauvinistic society are as the others, inferior, and subjected to the subjects, so are the others treated like in the film.

Nicole and her children are stooping the other inhabitants in the mansion as if they themselves are superior to the invisible ones.

First time watching the film did have the impression commonly held by the others that the movie had a significant ending, irony of situation. However, through scanning the film, there are lots of scenes accompanying the philosophical ideas of Plato, for example in his work entitled "The Republic" chapter vii, he declares the idea of shadow and education. There, man is bound in chains sitting on the chairs gazing at the wall before his eyes while behind him the fire is lit. The story of the den or the cave and its people is portrayed in "The Others". Alejandro Amenabar's cave, where there is no way out of it, includes the children as...