the mill. The resemblance to nature that the colors bring clues the viewers in to the fact that those
who are dressed in such colors hold their hearts close nature. The protagonist, Ofelia, is always
garbed in green, from her forest green overcoat to her lime green gown.
Accordingly, she spends
much of her time wandering in the forest, surrounded by trees and lush undergrowth. Even in the
face of an adversary such as the giant toad, she is covered in brown mud and surrounded by a
canopy of roots and earth, ensuring that she is indeed safe, although thoroughly dirty. Ofelia is
not the only one to bear the mark of nature. The fairy that visits her is also a brown hue, and,
likewise, Pan is contrived of a multitude of browns, greens, and tans. He seems to be made of
earth itself. In his first appearance, moss and twigs even cling to his limbs as he staggers about.
Mercedes, the main servant at the post, always wear a humble mix of browns and greens, and her
work is always in the interest of do-gooders. She even shares blood with one of the resistance
fighters, who uses nature as his shield and hiding place. Ofelia, Mercedes, and Pan are the three
characters in the film that are always seen wearing some sort of green or brown, and they are the
truly good-natured characters in the film.
If green and brown represent nature and goodness, then gray, blue and black represent