Why is the movie Straw Dogs called like that? From Wikipedia:
The film's title derives from a discussion in the Tao Te Ching that likens people to the ancient Chinese ceremonial straw dog, being of ceremonial worth, but afterward discarded with indifference.
Does this mean that the main characters (an astrophysicist, played by Dustin Hoffman and his wife) are treated initially as being part of the community and then they are treated badly? What's the ceremonial worth in this case? Everybody acts nice, but you can feel the darkness behind the friendly talk and friendly faces. You feel something is about to happen with the newcomers to town, especially to the wife. I'm not getting the title completely.