In a world where sound can kill you, being deaf can be a gift. You can ‘t miss what you’ve never had, can you? Maintaining one’s mind in the midst of total silence seems like it would be easier if silence were all you had ever known. Regan, the oldest child in the Abbott family, is such a “lucky” person. Lee actually spends a lot of his time trying to repair his broken hearing aid. Eventually, the device ends up being a potent weapon against the monsters: the scream it emits peels back their impenetrable shell and exposes the brain. Shotgun-swinging Evelyn Abbott exploits this weakness for spectacular effect.
The second time you see “A Quiet Place,” however, Regan’s deafness comes as less strength and more as a thematic entity. We experience the world as she does and get a whole new perspective on communication, fear and family. Beyond that, when you watch movies again, you will soon realize how much an obstacle to being deaf would actually be in this world. These monsters kill anything that makes sound, and it’s much harder to know that you’re making a sound when you’re deaf. Regan can crush through autumn leaves, walk on creaking shoes, or breathe loudly without realizing she’s making any sound at all. That means she may not know when she’s vulnerable … until it’s too late.