As we are growing up, we are influenced by everything and everyone around us. From experiences we face, to the actions we take, we are shaped to become the people we are now, today. This is what Sweeney Todd did, he took his personal experience – losing his wife – and learnt from that experience; what did he learn from it?, that the world is a cruel place?, that just because someone has a higher ranking?, lots of money, that, it means they can do what they want?
Sweeney Todd. Sweeney Todd had his whole life taken away from him, he got his wife and child taken away from him, and then was imprisoned and shipped off to Australia, by false accusation, by another mans aka Judge Turpin. After 15 years, Todd had to make his way all the way back from Australia to England. Thinking his wife and child were waiting for him at home, only to find out that, his wife “committed suicide” after being raped by the Judge Turpin, who also took Mr. Todd’s daughter captive in a room. Out of revenge and spite he became a bit of a serial killer, by slitting the throats, of whom ever dared to walk in for a shave.
Ichabod Crane’s experience was that when he was a child, his father killed his mother for being a witch, and was then o raised by his father. When we see him a young man in the film we see him being an accomplished young man, who is quite involved in with solving the secrets of the human body, and trying to explain why his mother got killed. After going to Sleepy Hollows and going through the whole Headless Horsemen dilemma, and the experience bring up memories of his mother and his mothers death. He finally solves why his mother got killed by his father, and he feels a lot better about hi past trauma.
So why did these two men end up following such different paths? Why didn’t Crane become a mass murder when he was older? Why didn’t Todd be more like Crane and be more sad rather than angry about the situation? There are couple of reasons, one main reason would be their age. When the trauma happened to Todd, he was a fulling grown adult, he had already had a really good life and had gotten that good life taken away from him, and he also understood what happened, unlike Crane. Crane went through his major trauma when he was a child, he didn’t understand why his mother got killed, so therefore, just felt sad and confused. But then he starts to take a lot of interest in science and then in the law to clear his childhood confusion of his mother.