behaviour until, that is, nature steps in and suddenly these problems don’t seem
(Ballard,2012). What Ballard appears to be saying isthat compared to their issues they seem to be mundane compared to the traumaahead of them. But maybe their issues and their frustrations are manifested intonature their emotional state of mind controls the world around them. AfterMelanie receives a call from Mitch the jealousy that Annie has inside seems tomanifest because a bird flies into their door.Figure 2. The birds waiting.(1963).
The children’s song has a very eerie feel coinciding with the gradual build
-up of the crows waiting for the school children. Figure 2 is an image of the crowswaiting on the climbing frames. The birds wait patiently to attack and the soundof the children running away triggers their outbreak. The visual effects used inthis scene have a comedic effect even though this is not intended. The plastic
look of the birds doesn’t drive
the notion of fear. The absence of music in thisscene although enhances it, the screeching of the birds and the screaming of thechildren takes the centre stage and the silence and suspense of the build-upbefore the birds attack is used well to create the feeling of fear.
The birds appear to put the character’s lives back into per
spective allowing themto understand the true importance of their lives. This can be seen after Melaniehas the last laugh with Mitch and leaves his house on the boat. A critic from TheGuardian Xan Brooks
The moment when Daniels has her hair knocked over
her eyes is the moment when the mask slips and the pressure cooker explodes.”
(Brooks, 2012). Brooks seems to be saying that the bird hitting her in the faceseems to bri
ng her back down to reality letting her know that life isn’t all about
games. Although her lifestyle depicts her of being very carefree, the loss of hermother in her life makes Melanie the character that she is and moulds her as acharacter therefore it can be said that she has a very tight grip of the losses inreality.