Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind By Michael Gondry Essay

1429 Words Apr 27th, 2016 6 Pages
The erasure of one’s memory and the immense loss that comes with it is undoubtedly a frightening thought. Imagine losing your identity or part of your humanity. Imagine feeling an emptiness that leads you to insanity. Imagine realizing that these conditions might be side effects of such a procedure. Part of being human is managing pain and suffering in all its forms and dealing with the trials and tribulations of life even while many of us would rather forget and desire to start a new chapter, a clean slate. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, directed by Michael Gondry, exemplifies these traits and addresses the idea of what a person, such as Joel and Clementine, might endure in the process of having their memory erased. In Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, there are various interpretations of the theme of identity, the specific settings, and the characters of Clementine and Joel.

Joel can be described as sad and depressed in the beginning of the movie. His whole life is a mess, from the breakup that he went through with his ex-girlfriend to the fact that he calls off work and rides a train to a cold beach in the winter. That particular beach is where he meets Clementine for the first time. As for Clementine, she is an outgoing, spontaneous, talkative character, who loves to dye her hair multiple colors. They say “opposites attract”, and when that attraction occurs during their conversation in the train, Clementine tells Joel, "Too many guys think I 'm a concept,…

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