Essay about Comparrison Donnie Darko, 2001: A Space Odyssey
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Donnie Darko and 2001: A Space Odyssey has central meanings that focus on science and religion. Richard Kelly's, Donnie Darko, introduces the protagonist as a teenage boy who is given the chance to live for twenty-eight more days after the mysterious jet engine crash that was intended to kill him. Donnie is plagued by visions of a giant sized evil-looking rabbit named Frank. Frank orders Donnie to commit acts of violence, warns of the impending end of the world, and is his guide throughout the movie. Donnie is portrayed as a Christ-like figure that will ultimately travel back in time not only to redeem his actions, but the actions of those he has affected. When Donnie dies he becomes a martyr and saves the…show more content… Following the montage, Donnie is shown laughing in his bed now that he has successfully time traveled and has learned to cope with his imminent death. This is comparable to Jesus Christ being sacrificed on the cross for our sins. Donnie sacrificed himself in order to save the world and conceal the sins of characters Jim Cunningham and Frank. In order to come to this realization, certain events have to occur which can also be seen as the divine plan of God. Frank tells Donnie to flood the school. As a result of the school being flooded, it is cancelled. Donnie is then able to meet Gretchen who gives him the confidence and happiness he needs to finally go back in time and sacrifice himself.
A Space Odyssey, on the other hand, spans the entire course of human development and evolution. The central meaning of a Space Odyssey is portrayed in the scene where astronaut David Bowman arrives at the perplexing monolith. After dissembling Hal, the symbol for technological advancement, Bowman continues to venture towards Saturn where he finally arrives at the monolith and uncovers its mysteries. Bowman sees himself aging over time until he is lying on his deathbed with the monolith overlooking him. Bowman is then transformed from a physical being into a spiritual space baby. This suggests that perhaps evolution does not end with the technological age, but continues to advance in the future. An intelligent