The Cultural Analysis of Memento

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Memento is an odd but successful film, and it is also an outstanding and influential cultural work. As an unusual crime film, it uses unconventional non-linear narrative structure to tell a story that a man with a unique type of amnesia investigate his wife’s murder. However, if we watch carefully, we would find Memento involves the real social cultural background. Memento was released in 2000 when was the beginning to enter the 21st century. It was the time that technology was developing into another stage. There were many technological products in the markets. These products have changed our living ways, and in particular, they have made us record the memory in more various ways. The protagonist of the movie, Leonard Shelby, has a special condition which causes him to suffer from short term memory loss and not to be able to make new memory. He seeks to revenge the murder of his wife, so he uses extensive Polaroid photos, tattoos, and notes to help himself keep track of things. Otherwise, he would not have any idea about what or how to do, where to go and so on.
The development of technology has let photographs and tattoos to become widespread. The Polaroid photos are created by a Polaroid instant camera which is a popular camera product. Today there are diverse camera products with different functions. Taking photographs has become a very common way to mark the memory. Tattoo is a type of folk artistic culture. People usually have special individual purposes to make
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