How does Edward's downfall in Edward Scissorhandsenlighten the audience? Arthur Miller says that the role of tragedy, including the common man's downfall in tragedy, is to enlighten the audience. How...

How does Edward's downfall in Edward Scissorhands enlighten the audience?

Arthur Miller says that the role of tragedy, including the common man's downfall in tragedy, is to enlighten the audience. How does Edward from Edward Scissorhands enlighten the audience?

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The inclusion of Miller is an interesting subtext to the question.  There are few writers better than Miller in articulating the condition of the individual terrorized by the community.  Similar passionate displays of individual identity is present in Burton's work.  Edward's downfall comes from the fact that the social order does not understand him.  He does not...

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