The books were blank, because the desire to read and the desire for knowledge was nonexistent.
When asked to describe the ending of , David says, “they were going up the river trying to get free and in trying to get free, they see that they’re sort of free already.” The description of the end of the book relates to the town’s struggle for freedom.
As he becomes more invested with the townspeople, specifically the teenagers, he gradually shifts into the monster seen by the black & white townspeople.
Jeffrey Jerome Cohen’s essay, “Monster Culture (Seven Theses)” examines how monsters reflect cultural fears.
This means that David has implanted the idea that there is somewhere else, another place that functions differently.
This displays the importance of viewing things multidimensionally as described in the 2015 graphic novel by Nick Sousanis, .
The townspeople are unaware that they have led the same standardized lifestyles.
They conform to the mayor’s idea of how people should act “pleasant.” The camera pans to the book just as the blank page begins to fill with text.
Pleasantville’s division into colored and non-colored people mirrors the segregation that was prevalent throughout the United States in the 1920’s.
The mural’s depiction of burning books, teenage sex and the town hall sinking into the ground was accessible to everyone in town.