Discussion Questions for “The Witch”

Write a paragraph or two in response to each of the following prompts:

Let’s start with the title. Who or what is “The Witch”?  How do we know? What does it mean to be a “witch” in the world of this film? Can one choose to be a witch or is being a witch just an essential part of one’s identity?

What specific thoughts and emotions do you experience during the opening scenes of this film? What film making techniques do you notice the film using to produce these particular ideas and feelings? Be as specific as possible.

Who is the protagonist of this film and what is the “inciting incident” that launches the main narrative? Describe this scene in some detail, paying special attention to camera angles, cuts between images, and expressed (or implied) point of view. How does the very next scene in the movie connect to or comment upon the inciting incident scene?

In just a sentence or two, how would you describe or retell the overall story of this film? What happens? How does it end?

Finally, what is this movie really “about”? What is it trying to say? Be sure to give a few specific examples from the movie as evidence to support your interpretation.

Published by Chuck Caruso

writer of dark fiction (crime, horror & western noir), literary & textual scholar (american gothic, noir, po-co, sf), and cultural critic

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