Guillermo Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth, Jean Cocteau’s Orpheus

Compose a thoughtful and well-edited minimum 2-page response to each of the two prompts that you select. Remember to double-space type your paper, and to provide a Works Cited page.

Guillermo Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth, Jean Cocteau’s Orpheus

1: Del Toro’s un-fairy tale ending of Pan’s Labyrinth problematizes any clear-cut way to read the film. Ofelia dies, and while the narration suggests she returns to her homeland (and her royal family) after proving herself worthy, the image of Mercedes as she looks on Ofelia’s dead body and how she reacts to El Capitan’s pleas for his baby boy still linger. Is Del Toro’s film an allegory where imagination triumphs over fascism, or a fairy tale that cannot escape the fascist reign of violence that envelops it?

Prompt #2: Is Cocteau’s film an allegory where the poet’s imagination triumphs over the humdrum of daily life, bringing new forms and energy into the world, or a dark fairy tale about domesticity, marriage, and the boundaries of love and death?

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