Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind By Charles Kaufman

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The story Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind written by Charles Kaufman is a complicated one about the relationships between destiny, memories, and attraction. It very strangely documents the attempt of one man, Joel, with the help of a futuristic medical procedure, to completely erase all of his memories of his ex-girlfriend Clementine from his mind, only to regret the decision once the procedure begins taking effect. The conflict Joel deals with in regretting his decision over the procedure and the connections between destiny, memories of attraction are key to the story’s theme: Without memories however painful the potential from someone to learn from mistakes is removed leaving them destined to repeat patterns instilled by attraction.
The turmoil Joel goes through while regretting his decision to have Clementine totally removed from his mind suggests that memories, even painful ones effect who we are and decisions we make. When Joel and Clementine are laying on a frozen river in Joel’s mind and he says “Clem. I’m just…happy. I’ve never felt that before. I’m just exactly where I want to be.”(58) Followed by Clementine looking over at him with her eyes filled with “love and tears” (58) as the scene is being erased Joel freaks out. In the same scene Joel is demanding Dr. Mierzwiak to stop the procedure in order to preserve the memories he has left of Clementine and their experiences together. Yelling in his mind “I 'm trapped in my head and everything I love is being…
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